I put this quote on my Mum’s lounge room wall in 2003; it’s my favourite Germaine Greer quote.
“Liberty is terrifying but it is also exhilarating. Life is not easier or more pleasant for [women] who have set off on their journey to awareness, but it is more interesting, nobler even… The woman who accepts a way of life which she has not knowingly chosen, acting out a series of contingencies falsely presented as destiny, is truly irresponsible. To abdicate one’s own moral understanding, to tolerate crimes against humanity, to leave everything to someone else, the father-ruler-king-computer, is the only irresponsibility. To deny that a mistake has been made when its results are chaos visible and tangible on all sides, that is irresponsibility”
Germaine Greer The Female Eunuch 1970.