“She also refused to back down from her position that transgender women, who have begun life as men before undergoing surgery and hormone treatment to become women, are ‘not women,’ saying they do not ‘look like, sound like or behave like women’.”
“I don’t really know what I think of it. It strikes me as a bit of a put-up job really because I am not even going to talk about the issue that they are on about.What they are saying is that because I don’t think surgery will turn a man into a woman I should not be allowed to speak anywhere.”
Greer’s comments on trans women very much echo Elinor Burkett’s controversial New York Times article, “What Makes a Woman.” The two seem to share a kind of gender essentialism in which biology, and the experiences that often result from that biology, determine gender identities. It’s a weird and inconsistent perspective, particularly for second-wave feminists like Greer, whose ideologies are ostensibly underpinned by deconstructing the very idea of fixed and never-shifting gender.