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Germaine Greer 'glitter bombed' by 'Queer Avengers'

Published: 3:45PM Wednesday March 14, 2012 Source: ONE News

  • Feminist writer Germaine Greer with glitter on her thrown by the Queer Avengers at Wellington's Embassy Theatre (Source: Twitter)
    Feminist writer Germaine Greer with glitter on her thrown by the Queer Avengers at Wellington's Embassy Theatre - Source: Twitter

The feminist writer Germaine Greer has had glitter thrown at her at Wellington's Embassy Theatre by members of a group fighting homophobia and transphobia.

The Queer Avengers say Greer has a history of denouncing transwomen, outing prominent transwomen and describing them as "ghastly parodies" of womanhood.

The group "glitter-bombed" Greer who is touring New Zealand as a part of Writers and Readers Week.

The Queer Avengers said in statement on their website that glitter-bombing, or throwing glitter on public figures, has gained prominence internationally as a way to highlight "transphobia and queerphobia".

"Transphobic feminism is so 20th Century," said "Stacey" of the Queer Avengers.

"It wasn't okay then and it's not okay now. Women's liberation must mean the right to refuse imposed gender roles, to fight for diverse gender expression."

The Queer Avengers also handed out leaflets stating "transphobia is bullshit."

They pointed out that Greer was arrested in 1972 while touring New Zealand, for saying the word "bullshit."

The Queer Avengers recently stormed Fairfax Media headquarters in Wellington, accusing the media organisation of giving a platform to "anti-trans sentiments".

The group plans to hold a press conference on "media coverage of gender variance" on Thursday.

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