Michael Chapman reports at CNSNews.com:
Feminist icon Germaine Greer, author of the best-selling The Female Eunuch and other works, has been pilloried by her fellow leftists and some journalists because she does not believe that transgender surgery turns men into women and, as she told the BBC, the sex-reassignment procedure has been "a disaster" in some cases.
"What I'm saying is it doesn't make them a woman," said Greer about sex-reassignment surgery during an interview with BBC Newsnight, hosted by Kirsty Wark. "And apparently people have decided that because I don't think that post-operative transgender men, i.e., M-to-F transgender people, are women, I'm not to be allowed to talk."
Greer also explained that she did not care if some people were offended by her views because "people get hurt all the time" and "I'm not about to walk on eggshells."
Chapman reports that Wark objected during the BBC interview, saying, "But surely you've heard a man who feels that he would like gender reassignment to make him/her feel more comfortable in her body, then that's what should be done and they should be allowed to do that."
To which Greer countered: "I'm not saying that people should not be allowed to go through that procedure. What I'm saying is it doesn't make them a woman. It happens to be an opinion. It's not a prohibition. Carry on, if that's what you think it is you want to do. I've been accused of inciting violence against transsexual people. That's absolute nonsense."
According to CNS, Greer also stated, "I think that a great many women don't think post-operative, or even non-post-operative transsexual, M-to-F, transsexual people sound like or behave like women. But they dare not say so. . . . Not everybody does feel comfortable, by the way, post-operatively. There have been a couple of cases, I found very interesting, where the actual acceptor of the procedure has felt that it's been a disaster."
Greer also noted the unfortunate complication of steroid use. "It's also a problem if what you have to do after gender reassignment is use steroids every day of your life," Greer said, according to CNS. "That's not a happy outcome either."
Wark raised another objection, CNSNews reports: "But for those who do not feel it's been a disaster and feel more comfortable, then do you understand how they might feel you've been hurtful to them?"
“People are hurtful to me all the time," Greer reportedly countered. "Try being an old woman, I mean, for goodness sake. People get hurt all the time. I'm not about to walk on eggshells."