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bijou
01-06-2010, 11:50 AM
Fiercely and playfully -- often at the same time -- Mary Daly used words to challenge the basic precepts of the Catholic Church and Boston College, where she was on the faculty for more than 30 years.

Dr. Daly emerged as a major voice in the burgeoning women's movement with her first book, "The Church and the Second Sex," published in 1968, and "Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation," which appeared five years later. That accomplishment was viewed, then and now, as all the more significant because she wrote and taught at a Jesuit college.

"She was a great trained philosopher, theologian, and poet, and she used all of those tools to demolish patriarchy -- or any idea that domination is natural -- in its most defended place, which is religion," said Gloria Steinem.

Dr. Daly, whose relationship with Boston College grew tempestuous as she insisted that only women could take her classes, died Sunday in Wachusett Manor nursing home in Gardner. She was 81 and her health had failed in the past few years, including recent paralysis due to a neurological condition. ...

link (http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/01/mary_daly_pione.html)

I had to read Gyn/Ecology at university never ever again. :eek:

RIP Mary.

linda22003
01-06-2010, 11:54 AM
I took a course with her. I had to read a zillion books for the class, but when it came time for the exam (oral), her teaching assistant would continually interrrupt me when I tried to make comparisons of everything I'd read; "What does Mary say?" :rolleyes:

noonwitch
01-06-2010, 12:44 PM
My brother (the ordained UCC minister) gave me some of her books one year for Christmas. It was right around the time his first wife left him for a woman. I don't know if he was joking when he gave me the books or not. He always referred to her writing as "radical lesbian feminism".

I read them. She's not the feminist I best relate to-I like Gloria Steinem, who still dresses and acts like a woman.

bijou
01-06-2010, 02:55 PM
I took a course with her. I had to read a zillion books for the class, but when it came time for the exam (oral), her teaching assistant would continually interrrupt me when I tried to make comparisons of everything I'd read; "What does Mary say?" :rolleyes:

I don't think I would have made it through that course alive.

linda22003
01-06-2010, 02:57 PM
I barely did, then was furious to discover it didn't count - BC had core requirements for different subjects, and I had taken a GRADUATE level course from her, and it wasn't one of the "basic" theology courses they gave core credit for. I took a totally retarded course on why different churches were designed in different ways (theology for football players, basically), and got the credit for THAT. :mad:

bijou
01-06-2010, 02:59 PM
I barely did, then was furious to discover it didn't count - BC had core requirements for different subjects, and I had taken a GRADUATE level course from her, and it wasn't one of the "basic" theology courses they gave core credit for. I took a totally retarded course on why different churches were designed in different ways (theology for football players, basically), and got the credit for THAT. :mad:

Now that is painful, at least I got some benefit from my brush with the work of Mary Daly.