Global Rape Culture
I Miss Mary Daly
by Jay McDaniel
Global Rape Culture
"Even in mainstream culture, magazine covers flaunt lurid photos of women to attract customers, beauty pageants parade women around like objects to be gawked at, and musicians like Eminem use lyrics such as "put Anthrax on a Tampax and slap you till you can't stand" in songs to appeal to the average listener. All of these things have created and preserved a culture where rape and dehumanization are something familiar and even expected."
Kimberly Tan, 17 year old student
From San Jose, California
Rape protests spread beyond India:
Protests against sexual violence are spreading across south Asia as anger following the gang rape and death of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi courses through the region.
Inspired by the rallies and marches staged across India for nearly three weeks, demonstrations have also been held in Nepal, Sri Lanka,Pakistan and Bangladesh – all countries where activists say women suffer high levels of sexual and domestic violence.
In Nepal, the case of a 21-year-old woman who says she was raped and threatened with death by a police officer and robbed by immigration officials, prompted hundreds of demonstrators to converge on the prime minister's residence in Kathmandu. They called for legal reforms and an overhaul of attitudes to women....more
Mary Daly (1928-2010)
"Mary Daly, a prominent feminist theologian who made worldwide headlines a decade ago after she retired from Boston College rather than admit men to some of her classes, died on Sunday in Gardner, Mass. She was 81 and had lived for many years in Newton Centre, Mass...
Among the first American women to train as a Roman Catholic theologian, Professor Daly challenged orthodoxies from the start. She came to wide attention in 1968 with the publication of “The Church and the Second Sex” (Harper & Row), in which she argued that the Catholic Church had systematically oppressed women for centuries.
Her next book, “Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation” (Beacon, 1973), explored misogyny in religion in general.
“She is a central figure in 20th-century feminism,” Robin Morgan, the feminist writer and former editor of Ms. magazine, said in a telephone interview on Monday...more.
Source: Mary Daly's Obituary in New York Times.
Quotes from Mary Daly
source: women's history in website about.com
"If God is male, then male is God. The divine patriarch castrates women as long as he is allowed to live on in the human imagination."
"Courage to be is the key to the revelatory power of the feminist revolution."
"Courage is like -- it's a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It's like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.
"You guard against decay, in general, and stagnation, by moving, by continuing to move."
“The word ‘sin’ is derived from the Indo-European root ‘es-,’ meaning ‘to be.’ When I discovered this etymology, I intuitively understood that for a [person] trapped in patriarchy, which is the religion of the entire planet, ‘to be’ in the fullest sense is ‘to sin'.”
“There are and will be those who think I have gone overboard. Let them rest assured that this assessment is correct, probably beyond their wildest imagination, and that I will continue to do so.”
"Women have had the power of naming stolen from us."
"'God's plan' is often a front for men's plans and a cover for inadequacy,
ignorance, and evil."
"It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of
"Why indeed must 'God' be a noun? Why not a verb - the most active and
dynamic of all."
"We will look upon the earth and her sister planets as being with us, not
for us. One does not rape a sister."
"I had explained that a woman's asking for equality in the church would be
comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan."
"Patriarchy is the homeland of males; it is Father Land; and men are its
"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. Within this society
it is men who rape, who sap women's energy, who deny women economic and
"Mary Daly’s autobiographical Outercourse is a compelling read about one woman’s efforts to unmake the world. Her life was rather solitary; her closest companion for many years was a beloved cat. However, she was wonderfully well-accompanied by people she never met who remain in her intellectual debt, as well as by close collaborators and friends. Happily, a small team of friends and colleagues, myself included, was privileged to accompany her in her waning years. We assured that she lived and died with dignity and peace. She had taught us that sisterhood was important and we deepened in that knowledge as she aged."
"Mary Daly was controversial in her life and remains controversial after her death. She challenged basic assumptions about how the world ought to be. She asked no one’s pardon for trying to make it different, especially when it came to women. Her methods were not universally appreciated, even by many who agreed with her goals. But she changed the world by opening up the hard philosophical questions of Being and Sinning, by positing the importance of all women, including Crones, Lesbians, and Hags, by unmasking patriarchy in its myriad disguises, and by insisting on sharing the “life energy” with all beings without exception."
from In Memorium: Mary Daly, by Mary Hunt in Religious Studies News, published by the American Academy of Religion
Meeting Mary Daly