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Greer lashes out at biographical play

LONDON, July 13 (UPI) -- Australian-born author Germaine Greer says a new London play based on her life is inaccurate and its creator "holds feminism in contempt."

"The Female Eunuch" writer said playwright Joanna Murray-Smith's play, "The Female of the Species," is a personal attack on her despite its use of fictional names, The Sunday Times of London reported.

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"Why do the production team and the writer keep on referring to me, Germaine Greer, if they say it is not Germaine Greer they are writing about?" Greer said of the production at London's West End theater district.

"Murray-Smith is an insane reactionary who boasts that she has not read a single feminist text. She holds feminism in contempt."

Murray-Smith says her play is based on the famed author, but is meant to explore various ideologies rather than tell a historically accurate story of an individual's life.

"I'm sorry she has formed that opinion of me without having met me or read my work," she told the Times.

"It would take a braver woman than me to write about Greer directly."

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