The Madwoman's Underclothes: Essays and Occasional Writings

By Germaine Greer

Always powerful and fearless, Germaine Greer moves correct on the center of the matter—be it John F. Kennedy and vaginal deodorants, rape and synthetic insemination, plastic surgery, the dying of Jimi Hendrix, or the famine in Ethiopia. This assortment represents a mosaic of essays, lengthy and brief, a few of that are showing for the 1st time in print and all of which chafe the traditional and are bristling with argument.

From the younger liveliness of her sixties items, which “got up everybody’s nose,” to the intensity and complexity of her later paintings, The Madwoman’s undies is a mirrored image either one of an period and of the altering principles and varieties of Germaine Greer: “The essays on Brazil, Cuba, and Ethiopia signify my coming of age. anything like a coherent process of values is starting to emerge after my years of wandering, even if i've got under no circumstances arrived at a collection of articles of religion, and not will, I hope.”

Greer’s critiques on social, political, and sexual tendencies and mores are tendered in her specified fashion—outspoken, with rapier wit and no tolerance for narrow-mindedness. yet as explosive, offended, and sometimes humorous as those essays are, in addition they show tenderness and unhappiness and that emotion that underlies all of Greer’s work—passionate commitment.

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