Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rebel, rebel: Mary Daly

We lost a warrior against the patriarchy when radical lesbian feminist theologian Mary Daly died a few days ago on Jan. 3, 2010, at age 81. In a time when public figures often make great efforts toward not seeming unreasonable, she embraced the labels that branded her an agitator: Radical. Lesbian. Feminist.
She referred to herself as a pirate and made it a priority early in life to be courageous in the face of oppressive patriarchal Roman Catholic traditions. According to the National Catholic Reporter, Daly once wrote: "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."

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