‘Glitterbombing’ is violent?

Germaine Greer after being glitterbombed

Trigger Warning for cissexism. I read from PinkNews the other day about Germaine Greer being ‘glitterbombed‘ in New Zealand by the group Queer Avengers. This is in response to Greer’s explicit cissexism, including outing transwomen.

In her 1999 book, The Whole Woman (which I own, not even realising there was cissexism in it until this past week since I haven’t read it yet), she says:

Governments that consist of very few women have hurried to recognise as women men who believe that they are women and have had themselves castrated to prove it, because they see women not as another sex but as a non-sex.

No so-called sex-change has ever begged for a uterus-and-ovaries transplant; if uterus-and-ovaries transplants were made mandatory for wannabe women they would disappear overnight. The insistence that man-made women be accepted as women is the institutional expression of the mistaken conviction that women are defective males.

If she wrote this over 10 years ago and had since changed her views I would be willing to forgive her. However, this is simply not the case. When writing about the controversy surrounding Caster Semenya in 2009, Greer writes:

Nowadays we are all likely to meet people who think they are women, have women’s names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody, though it isn’t polite to say so. We pretend that all the people passing for female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man’s delusion that he is female.

Cissexism is, of course, rampant in 1st and 2nd waves of feminism. In the same way that men should not dismiss sexism, what right does someone who has never experienced gender dysphoria have to dismiss it?

Trans people have been refused medical treatment at hospitals because of their trans status. They’ve been forced to be sterilised even in liberal countries like Sweden. Trans people have a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. However, RadFemWorldNews does not think so.

In their statement regarding the glitterbombing of Germaine Greer, they state:

Hmm, in real life violence in retaliation for lawful and non-violent speaking and writing.  That sounds about right!

I’m not sure if they honestly know the definition of glitterbombing, even though they quoted the definition. Simply, glitterbombing is an act of protest where someone approaches a well known person and showers glitter on them.

The title of the article itself is ‘Violent gender extremists attack feminist Germaine Greer, call it “glitterbombing”‘. Does throwing glitter on someone sound violent to you? Considering as previously stated, transphobia kills, this is just absolutely ridiculous. Seriously, I wasn’t aware that glitter physically hurt people, I’ll keep that in mind next time I do arts and crafts.

Come on, look at the image above. All she looks is annoyed. Unless annoying someone is not a criminal offense, then I guess I should be arrested for hounding my Student Union to apologize to Peter Tatchell.

I honestly thought that maybe, maybe, cissexism was on the out. That most radical feminists understood how poisonous it can be, along with all the other -isms of course that have been historically marginalised by the feminist movement. I’m really disappointed that I’m wrong. These asshats still exist.

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