Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin
‘Forty years ago it seemed that women were about to take their rightful place in the world, in parliament, in the church, in the judiciary, in the workplace but when you open my newspaper you find that news is still made by men in suits.’
In her latest show Germaine Greer introduces us to the plight of The Disappearing Woman, a phenomena that is resulting in women become less visible in all walks of life. Using a broadsheet newspaper to demonstrate her point, Greer highlights how the media is writing women out of the news, and manipulating them for their own agenda.
Speaking on issues such as female genital mutilation, selective abortion, and the negative impact of the western world’s imagined moral superiority, Greer isn’t afraid to tackle subjects that some may find uncomfortable. From the Rotherham abuse scandal to Harold Shipman’s elderly victims, Greer is passionate about getting her point across and encouraging us to ask why certain horrific events are allowed to take place. Her talk is thought provoking, engaging and essential, the kind that makes you want to get out there and try to make a difference.
Refreshingly laid-back and certainly at odds with the way in which the media has decided to portray her. She is funny and approachable, allowing time for the audience to have their say. Indeed once the questions started they showed little sign of ceasing until Greer implored that she could only take one more.
Finally, when speaking of young girls who are struggling with the pressures of understanding their identity, Greer left them with these words of wisdom, “Be proud, be difficult, be dangerous, and above all live for yourself first.” A message that she hopes is heard.
Reviewed on 27th February 2015