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Mary Daly


For this attraction/need of males for female energy, seen for what it is,
is necrophilia -- not in the sense of love for actual corpses,
but of love for those victimized into a state of living death.


Source: Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism (1990:59)


Yet another application of this myth is the
medically masterminded maze of lethal "choices"
among surgical, chemical, and mechanical solutions
to the Contraceptive Problem.
It is obvious to Hags that few gynecologists recommend
to their heterosexual patients the most foolproof of solutions,
namely Mister-ectomy.


Source: Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism (1990:239)

Precised notes

  • Icon: radical feminist theologian, mother of modern feminist theology and thealogy
  • Biographical: former Catholic theologian and nun, born 16 October 1928. A Libran, too, I might add... (half-closed eyes, told-you-so grin and proud puffing of the chest).
  • Education: B.A. English. College of St. Rose, Albany, New York; M.A. English. Catholic University of America; first Ph.D. in religion at the at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana; second Ph.D. theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland - highest degree in Sacred Theology possible, and with highest honors (summa cum laude); third Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Job: taught much-debated women-only courses in women's studies at Boston College since 1967 (for 33 years); author of seven books
  • Books: Quintessence: Realizing the Archaic Future. A Radical Elemental Feminist Manifesto. Beacon Press, 1998.; Websters' First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language. (with Jane Caputi and Sudie Rakusin) Harper, 1994.; Outercourse: The Bedazzling Voyage Containing Recollections from My Logbook of a Radical Feminist Philosopher. Harper, 1992.; Pure Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy. Harper, 1992.; Gyn/ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism. Beacon Press. 1990; The Church and the Second Sex. Harper & Row, 1968. Reprint: Beacon Press, 1985; Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation. Beacon Press, 1973; Natural Knowledge of God in the Philosophy of Jacques Maritain. Officium Libri Catholici, 1966. The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture has a complete bibliography that includes journal articles, by and about Daly.
  • Resistance: In response to the publishing of her first book The Church and the Second Sex in 1969, Mary Daly was issued a terminal contract by Boston College i.e. her position would not be renewed once it had expired. Her situation became the cause for student protests, petitions, and teach-ins celebrating academic freedom. With student (all male at the time) and other popular support, not only was she taken on as full professor but also was given tenure. AND she refused to admit male students to her classes at Boston College. She believes that men's presence in her classrooms kept the women students from fully and freely exploring radical feminism. Because of her ban on men from her classroom she has provoked repeated reprimands from Boston University and accusations that she was violating both university policy and Title IX (the federal statute banning discrimination in higher education on the basis of sex) requirements. The confrontations came to a head in 1998 when Boston College Theology Department Chairman Donald Dietrich told Daly that senior Duane Naquin (represented by the Center for Individual Rights (CIR), a public interest law firm in Washington) was registered for one of her spring courses, "Introduction to Feminist Ethics", even though Naquin had never taken the pre-course in Women's Studies, a prerequisite for the class, Daly didn't flinch. She had told Naquin in September what she's been telling male students for the last 30 years: that she would teach him separately - in effect, doing double time for no extra pay. Boston College confronted her and demanded she admit the students; Daly announced that instead she would retire, effective January 1999, rather than admit the students. She changed her mind, however, and brought a lawsuit against the college in May 1999, alleging they had violated her rights as a tenured professor. As the case was about to go to trial in early 2001, Daly and Boston College reached an out-of-court settlement, in which she again agreed to retire.
  • Supporting resistance: Trish Wilson set the record straight about Mary Daly's attitude about men attending her lectures at Boston College. Wilson proferred support and solicited more support. Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara "Given the choice, I’ll stand with Mary Daly."

Source: Wikipedia and Wickedary and What is Enlightenment and Feminista and Salon
Source pic: Miss Veen


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