Australia, June 1: Australian writer Germaine Greer, famously known for novels The Female Eunuch and Shakespeare’s Wife, on Thursday sparked controversy for her remarks on rape. Speaking at the Hay festival this week, Greer, who was raped when she was 18-years-old, said that most rape is just “bad sex” and “don’t involve any injury whatsoever”.

“We are told that it is a sexually violent crime, an expert like Quentin Tarantino will tell us that when you use the word rape you’re talking about violence, a throwing them down… it is one of the most violent crimes in the world. Bullshit Tarantino. Most rape is just lazy, just careless, just insensitive. Every time a man rolls over on his exhausted wife and insists on enjoying his conjugal right, he is raping her. It will never end up in a court of law,” she told her audience.

She went on to say that instead of thinking of rape as a “spectacularly violent crime”, some rapes are, when thought about them as “non-consensual, are bad sex” and combined rape with “sex where there is no communication, no tenderness, no mention of love.”

On being asked what she thinks an appropriate punishment for the rapists should be, Greer said that 200 hours of community service should be enough. Calling for a lighter punishment for the rape accused, she said, “I have suggested maybe a little tattoo would be a good thing, maybe an R on your hand. I’d prefer it on the cheek really.”

Speaking of her own rape just before she turned 19, the Australian writer recalled that she was beaten half unconscious. “I kept saying “no” so he hit me. I can’t tell you how many times, maybe a dozen,” she added. Greer, she said, did not report the crime as that would have been a waste of police time and “she would have been discredited”.

She said that when it’s about rape, the system isn’t working and a radical change was needed. “I want to turn the discourse about rape upside down. We are not getting anywhere approaching it down the tunnel of history,” Greer said.

Greer’s insensitive remarks did not only sparked controversy, they also made some of her audience to walk out of the festival in anger. “Dreadful ramblings by Germaine Greer… I’m usually happy to listen to opinions different to my own but today after around 20 minutes I had to walk out,” one of the audience, Sherry Pack, said.