Germaine Greer has said women are not being protected by the #MeToo movement, the global reckoning over sexual misconduct which rose in the closing months of last year.
The eminent and often controversial feminist sparked outrage after calling the alleged victims of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein "career rapees" who have "extraordinary exposure".
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the author of 'The Female Eunuch' pointed to Weinstein's assistant, Zelda Perkins, as an example of the "absolute hell" women can be put through when speaking up.
Rather than arguing that sexual assault victims should therefore be given extra protection, she warned them that it was "pointless" speaking up years on from an attack. She added:
The amount of legal muscle that will be used to defend these people is massive and I'm concerned for damage limitation, rather than maximisation.
Rather than wrecking people's lives so they become career rapees.
Building on past comments where she had accused Harvey Weinstein's victims of "spreading their legs" in return for movie roles, the 79-year-old also said:
Some of whom have been paid six figure sums in the form of non-disclosure agreements.
That's a dishonorable thing to accept and it's not something you should boast about.
The outspoken academic went onto criticise the #MeToo movement for not working:
None of the things we're doing actually work to protect women from abuse.
Many people on social media were incensed by the comments.
Germaine Greer: I’m concerned about wrecking people’s lives so that they become career rapees”
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