Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Stephen Bayley versus Germaine Greer, 100 word review

Feminist Greer laid into egomaniac Bayley for his book ‘Women as Design’ on account of it being a misogynist pervathon. Bayley hit back that Greer was guilty of as much in her 2003 book about ‘The Boy’. Thing is, ‘The Boy’ is actually a worthwhile subject - Greer is specifically discussing that which is between a child and a man. Bayley’s subject is over-scrutinised. Plus he’s all cart-before-horse, his central premise being that it’s aesthetic taste that informs his fetishisation of bums and tits, rather than the other way round. Greer challenges lazy cultural stereotypes; Bayley intellectualises them.

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