Pat Barker’s Union Street as a Response to Germaine Greer’s the Female Eunuch and the Concept of Sisterhood
Revealing the patriarchal discursive elements that shape the core of all human languages has been the mutual
concern of the feminist critics in general and with that objective in mind they, to some extent, achieve to establish certain
awareness among contemporary women to the constructedness of language and all cultural enterprises in today’s world.
Although Greer’s text seems to be arguing the same things as her predecessors do like displaying the male voice embedded
in the very language and culture, she also traces the female voice in this male-oriented history and tradition with a closer
textual and linguistic analysis. In her famous work The Female Eunuch, she finds the ideal way to overcome this maleorientedness
in solidarity among women generated out of, first, an awareness of the false idea of natural female
subordination and, then, cooperative revolt by women in all walks of life. However, Pat Barker, in her debut novel The
Union Street, frustrates all hopes regarding female solidarity and improvement in the present time.
Index Terms - Pat Barker, second-wave feminism, solidarity, sisterhood, Germaine Greer