Mary Daly, radical feminist theologian and a mother of modern feminist theology, died Jan. 3 at the age of 81. She was one of the most influential voices of the radical feminist movement through the later 20th century.
Daly taught courses in theology, feminist ethics and patriarchy at Boston College for 33 years. Her first book, “The Church and the Second Sex,” published in 1968, got her fired, briefly, from her teaching position there, but as a result of support from the (then all-male) student body and the general public, she was ultimately granted tenure.
It was the 1998 incident when Daly was sued for banning men from her classes at Boston College that first woke me to reality of misandry–the idea that there was a deep seated contempt for men in Western Civilization. Even then, I didn’t believe that it was a wide-spread phenomenon; I thought it primarily restricted to the Ivory Tower hothouses like Boston College, where it existed as a fringe. It would take 10 years before I realized just how deep it runs, and how wide the river of hate is.
Mary Daly was one of the primary architects of the hideous mess Gender Relations are today. May God have mercy on your soul, Ms. Daly–for were I He, your just reward would be positively Dante-esque.
If you don’t think that the lecturers were as dumb as rocks themselves, consider that I was once told that gender was a social construction and that what men and women did in adult life was completely and exclusively determined by the toys that they had been given as children. Holding my face as straight as I could, I asked the lecturer whether this meant that men would be able to have babies if they were given dolls to play with when they were little. She gave me a puzzled look and said that she would have to think about it before giving me a definitive answer.
No, I am not making this up!
Did I mention that another service offered by some lecturers was to provide coaching in lesbianism for those students who had not yet decided that this was an essential lifestyle choice? Now I want you to imagine how long a male academic would last if he started offering to take girl students home for the weekend for some sex education.
(She told one interviewer that she hated even having to say the word “man” and was going to refuse the interview because the magazine had once published a photograph of the Dalai Lama!)
One of the feminists loons that I was forced to associate with told me that using only female subjects in clinical trials of contraceptive pills was an example of how the patriarchy treated women as disposable, worthless objects. My questions about the usefulness of including men in trials designed to test the disruption of embryo attachment to the endometrium were brushed aside as examples of patriarchal ignorance.
This is the woman who stuffed young womens’ heads full of shit for years under the guise of “enlightened teachings”.
I would definitely place her in the 8th Circle, but I cannot decide which bolgia she belongs in; the 4th, 8th & 9th fit her so well.