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Book Title: Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation|
The author of the book: Mary Daly
Date of issue: June 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780807015032
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 650 KB
Edition: Beacon Press
Read full description of the books Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation:Daly was popular at seminary, but I didn't get around to reading her until years later. I was visiting an old high school friend in Springfield, Vermont, had finished the book I'd brought along for the trip and asked his wife for recommendations from their substantial library. She suggested Daly.
If one defines "feminism" as the belief that everyone should have the same rights and opportunities, then pretty much everyone is a feminist, even some people who would reject the label. A number of younger women I know do so, but they have been universally ignorant of how much the laws have changed in recent years and of outstanding income differentials and insurance policy inequities. What they are usually objecting to are particular radical feminists or parodies of them.
By most accounts, Daly is a radical feminist, more radical in the years after she published Beyond God the Father than she was then. Indeed, her career might be profitably studied for an understanding of the evolution of radical feminist thought.
Personally, I feel thankful that I started college just when gender issues were becoming publicly discussed and after Grinnell College had already developed a self-conscious feminist movement within its more generally progressive student organizations. Indeed, by the time I graduated there was also a men's movement allied to the feminists and substantially influenced, if not dominated, by guys who weren't simply heterosexual. I belonged to a men's discussion group there myself.
The challenges posed by the radicals are much more subtle than matters of pay or legal equity. If effective, they raise to consciousness the tacit assumptions of society, the unconscious presuppositions about self and others. Some of these may be more than unconscious. They may be actively repressed, the kind of ideas which one would never want to be associated with. When challenged, one is prone to dismiss, if not aggressively deny, the challenge. In fact, one may earnestly seek the offensive factors and be unable to find them. Perhaps they aren't there. Perhaps, however, they are abundantly evident to others in one's behavior. Thus it is essential that some of the work of uncovering repressions be done in social settings with others. Books alone don't, can't do the job.
It seems that most of my sexual, racial, class--one can go on and on--assumptions are deeply rooted in upbringing and culture. I am, perhaps inescapably, sexist, racist and elitist. Knowing this, knowing why and wherefrom, does allow me some greater measure of control, however. Such, in reference to Daly's focus, theology, is how I have been able to appropriate something meaningful from the traditional (since Augustine) Catholic doctrine of original sin: I am, by nature, imperfect. I am probably incapable of entirely overcoming impulses to act badly, but, knowing this, I am best able to attempt to act properly.
Of course, I've got a long way to go in terms of self-understanding. I can imagine wanting to kill, even torture, others and have, so far, managed to avoid doing so or to avoid even falling into the rages
which might result in such behavior. Here, the self-knowledge has been clearly helpful. I have trouble, however, relating to some kinds of sexual behavior and ideation. There are even things I come across that I'd never thought of before. For instance, a book I recently read about the "sexual revolution" got me to think for the first time about the motives of persons who want to change their genders by simply telling the stories of a few such persons in a sympathetic light. That opened a door for me, at least a crack. I am very much interested in being exposed to material which opens such doors and broadens my sense of self beyond the narrow confines of my known existence.
A healthy, middle-class white male with a U.S. passport could go on and on about this kind of stuff. It is hard for us to appreciate what it feels like to put down, oppressed or negatively "profiled".
Read information about the authorMary Daly was an American radical feminist philosopher, academic, and theologian. Daly, who described herself as a "radical lesbian feminist", taught at Boston College, a Jesuit-run institution, for 33 years. Daly consented to retire from Boston College in 1999, after violating university policy by refusing to allow male students in her advanced women's studies classes. She allowed male students in her introductory class and privately tutored those who wanted to take advanced classes.
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