Skip to comments.Mary Daly, Pioneering Feminist Who Tussled With BC, Dies at 81
Posted on 01/06/2010 8:12:35 PM PST by nickcarraway
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.
" 'The Church and the Second Sex' was every bit as important in the Catholic world as Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique,' " said James Carroll, an author and columnist for the Globe's opinion pages who formerly was a Catholic priest.
Sister Joan Chittister, a feminist author and a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pa., said Dr. Daly "literally turned the standard theological concepts upside down. Mary played with language in such a way that you simply had to stop and think. ... You couldn't use old words in the old ways."
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Odds she drove a forest-green Subaru?
That creature, in that state, would certainly turn heaven into hell for the men there.
Those young people then fanned out into parishes throughout the country, confusing others along the way.
I have to judge... but hell for a thousand Alex.
Awww....she died? Boo freakin’ hoo.
Ooh, come look at all the fervent believers vouching for Mary Daly.
(Saints preserve us)
As Sister (now Saint), Faustina said, even the devil can put on robes of humility, but never the robe of obedience.
We agree - that particular joke of yours was too “subtle” for me, as well as for the other posters who thought you were making a comment musing about the woman’s eternal fate.
that’s a woman? show me the birth certificate!
bump with no comment
She was a highly disturbed woman who considered men in general to be utterly valueless, and shrieked her message along these lines for decades in classes, as well as in the media. I have no idea what prompted her anti-male hatreds, but anyone claiming - as a foundational justification for theological fulminations against men in general and God in particular - that 9,000,000 women were burned as witches in the Middle Ages clearly must have had a screw or two loose.
On the basis that she had to have been some sort of (self-inflicted) tortured soul, I hope that God has mercy on her. She sure had none on herself, from what those of us in the Boston area could see all these years.
he father was probably pussy-whipped.
She sure had none on herself,
Nor on those who sat under her influence, from what I gather.
She sounds and looks like the prototypical massachusetts intellectual lesbian.
God, what a waste the 60's were.