Germaine Greer’s comments on rape are dangerous and damaging | Laura Bates

The difficulty of prosecuting rape cases is notorious. The feminist’s suggestion that we give up trying is disturbing

When women talk about any kind of misogynistic abuse, three things happen. We are told that we should stop making a fuss. We are told that it could be worse. We are told that other issues are more serious. At the Hay festival this week, Germaine Greer told us all three.

Greer, a leading feminist and author of The Female Eunuch, suggested that most rape should not be seen as a “spectacularly violent crime” but as “lazy, careless and insensitive”. She said “most rapes don’t involve any injury whatsoever,” and conflated rape with “bad sex … where there is no communication, no tenderness”.

Related: Yes, there’s a major problem with rape prosecutions. But it’s not that women are lying | Julie Bindel

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