Quotation by Germaine Greer

All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysands to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defence. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health.
Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause, ch. 3 (1991).
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