- Hardcover: 541 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Row; 1st edition (March 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060151404
- ISBN-13: 978-0060151409
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility Hardcover – March, 1984
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“Mother nature is a brutal bitch, red in tooth and claw, who destroys what she creates.” ... from Ernest Becker's 1974 Pulitzer Price-winning book "The Denial of Death".
The problem with the quote was that Greer tried to substitute the word "mother" for the phrase "mother nature", as a means of justifying abortion.
I thought it was appalling that she would use the quote in that manner. Mother nature may be a "brutal bitch", but mothers should be nurturers! As should fathers, for that matter!
Our future relies on our willingness to protect our progeny.
When people found this book to be an odd contrast to The Female Eunuch (which I also didn't like), Greer said that it is consistent, being taken from the bits of the earlier book that no-one liked. The parts where Greer, moved by loving close-knit Italian family life decides that it would be a great idea to buy an Italian farm and have her children raised by her tenants. Except for visits, she would continue her sophisticated life in decadent England. (She has denied this, but read the book.) The parts where she said she changed her style of dressing in order not to make a spectacle of herself in rural Italy, after urging the rest of us women in the Western-industrial cultures (WICs) to join her in making a spectacle of ourselves at home.
The greatest flaw in Greer's consideration of birth control is that she seemingly cannot see the difference between having two children, or twelve, or twenty-two. She argues as if one is for or against children, and cannot want a limited number of them. She is wildly indignant about the death of one woman from an IUD and oblivious to the much more common deaths of women from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. She incidentally defends selective female infanticide and argues that women may be responsible for rape, since men may need for us to appear to be afraid of them.
I can appreciate the need to accept other people's right to their own values, but why is Greer such a hypocrite about it? She is extremely intolerant towards anyone in WICs, even, or especially, if they seem to share the attitudes that she lauds here.Read more ›