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Mary Daly: 1928-2010

Debbie says:

Mary Daly, radical feminist Catholic theologian, died on Sunday.

Mary Daly

Best known for refusing to admit men to her feminist ethics class at Boston College (and eventually giving up her tenured position there as part of the settlement), Daly was one of the razor-sharp thinkers of the second half of the 20th century. Whether or not you agreed with her (mostly I didn’t), she always made you think, and often think twice. Her best known books are Gyn/Ecology and Beyond God the Father.

A few choice quotations:

You guard against decay, in general, and stagnation, by moving, by continuing to move.

Tokenism does not change stereotypes of social systems but works to preserve them, since it dulls the revolutionary impulse.

“God’s plan” is often a front for men’s plans and a cover for inadequacy, ignorance, and evil.

We will look upon the earth and her sister planets as being with us, not for us. One does not rape a sister.

The fact is that we live in a profoundly anti-female society, a misogynistic “civilization” in which men collectively victimize women, attacking us as personifications of their own paranoid fears, as The Enemy.

I still don’t agree with much of what she has said, but I’ll miss having new Mary Daly writings to disagree with.

4 Responses to “Mary Daly: 1928-2010”

  1. Lisa Hirsch Says:

    Good grief – I thought she died long ago. I wonder who I was thinking of.

  2. Nancy Lebovitz Says:

    I like her bit about the difference between search and research.

  3. Marlene Says:

    …and I thought i was going to have to drop a house on her.

  4. Marlene Says:

    My snark above doesn’t say much. Sady posted about Mary Daly at Feministe quite eloquently and little light commented with her usual grace. I’m linking to this rather than making an extended comment on my own. I think anything I would have said has been said better.

    http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2010/01/07/acts-of-contrition-feminism-privilege-and-the-legacy-of-mary-daly/#more-17291

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