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This book really got me off my ass about feminism it was the most extreme analysis I had ever read about the oppression of woman It is this type of thinking that I think helped fuel the backlash against feminism NOT because it was wrong though I think some things were exaggerated or not quite true but because it so accurately reflect how deep the psychological underpinnings of patriarchy operate And how most woman, who swear they are feminist are unaware of behaviors and attitudes that re This book really got me off my ass about feminism it was the most extreme analysis I had ever read about the oppression of woman It is this type of thinking that I think helped fuel the backlash against feminism NOT because it was wrong though I think some things were exaggerated or not quite true but because it so accurately reflect how deep the psychological underpinnings of patriarchy operate And how most woman, who swear they are feminist are unaware of behaviors and attitudes that reflect patriarchal thinking and reinforce oppressionit is very post modern in some ways, but very modern in others She is NOT a relativist, and she looks at how language especially frames woman s ability to see their selves as less than fully human Among other radical ideas, she proposed reinventing a feminist language that would undermine every element of patriarchy in relations between woman She was very much for segregating men and woman NOT because of an innate hostility, but because woman NEED to develop their own culture based on strength and wisdom and love without the tainting influence of even the most well meaning men.While I think some for the particulars of her analysis are incomplete, the basic premise seemsimportant now than ever because so many woman THINK they understand feminism and believe they are liberated It is almost taken as a given that if you are politically aware and are a lesbian involved in gender issues that you are liberated Daly would both argue that there is much muchto being liberated than ones sexual orientation and political engagement Every man needs to read this book if they want to be an ally to woman This is a difficult read, and men will get very defensive unless they realize that this is statement about the patriarchy rather than an individual however, just the way our male body is less vulnerable than that of a woman, and has been all throughout time, and that we are physically larger and stronger, we have oppressed woman, we have raped, we have disfigured and we, in the form of patriarchy have defined femininity W Every man needs to read this book if they want to be an ally to woman This is a difficult read, and men will get very defensive unless they realize that this is statement about the patriarchy rather than an individual however, just the way our male body is less vulnerable than that of a woman, and has been all throughout time, and that we are physically larger and stronger, we have oppressed woman, we have raped, we have disfigured and we, in the form of patriarchy have defined femininity We have dictated what is moral, and not moral, we have decided what a woman s role in society Femininity is a male construct We are son s and we all have mothers We need to know what their life has been like What it is like to feel unsafe walking down the street, and be objectified by most men What is it like for mostly men gynecologists to be probed, invaded and ultimately surgically altered often without choice We need to know the atrocities that happen to woman all over the world, but not forgetting that these atrocities happen in our own culture The patriarchy hurts everyone, it hurts every man by dictating roles, ways of being, feelings that are allowed to be felt, attitudes that we are allowed to take When it wants to humiliate us, it uses its own constructs of femininity to call us names It uses female body parts to say that we are less than men I would give this 4.5 if I could I found the first chapters a bit confusing and weird, but perhaps I should read them again now I ve got used to the language and the method of analysis Daly looks at repeating trends and patterns in patriarchal myths and practices across the world, which is radical in every sense I have often found that much of modern feminism lacks a broad systemic analysis, probably because they are so afraid of being like those second wavers who oppress everybody with their I would give this 4.5 if I could I found the first chapters a bit confusing and weird, but perhaps I should read them again now I ve got used to the language and the method of analysis Daly looks at repeating trends and patterns in patriarchal myths and practices across the world, which is radical in every sense I have often found that much of modern feminism lacks a broad systemic analysis, probably because they are so afraid of being like those second wavers who oppress everybody with their totalizing narratives that every pomo feminist rushes to demonize in their first paragraph Honestly I don t think broad narratives have to be interpreted in this way It is in the nature of any theory that it is an abstraction from a reality which is infinitely varied Language itself does this it will always be an approximation I prefer to look at such theories as like ideal types they may not explain everything and they may not even apply to your experience, but this does not mean they have no validity It gives a framework which links together various phenomena in new ways, and can be used as one of many lenses through which to see the world I did raise a few eyebrows at how race was dealt with though she basically dismisses it saying race division is a man s game that keeps us divided and should basically be ignored This is rather dismissive of WOC s experiences of racial oppression which also takes place between women On the other hand, Marx makes a similar claim about the working class and no one jumps on him to call him a big racist Basically her central thesis is about the notion of men trying to usurp the one thing they don t have women s creative, life giving power This is firstly exemplified by childbirth but also including women s caring labor and life loving biophilic creativity Such power is controlled and harnessed into the death loving patriarchal society I can t do the ideas justice here but they are very interesting it lacks an analysis of where this life death split comes from, i.e she seems to be saying it s something inherent but does not specifically say if this is because of biology or social conditioning Given this, her problem with transsexuality makes total sense If patriarchy is as she claims about usurping womanhood and perverting its purposes, particularly in terms of myths of male creators and their Frankenstein creations, the idea that you can create a woman out of surgery and hormones appears a perfect example of this Particularly given the fact that many transactivists seem to be hell bent on making feminism all about them thereby not just wanting to become women but to be in a position to speak for women as well I found her concept of reversals and agent deletion extremely interesting the latter being something that comes up over and over and over again, never addressed by pomo feminism Responsibility has gone out of fashion, except for the victims who have agency which we must never deny I just watched a documentary on violence against native women in Canada, who managed to go almost the entire film without making it clear who the perpetrators of violence were It transpired that it was actually native men, but this was described in such vague terms that social forces colonization seemed to cause violence without the people directly enacting such violence ever being mentioned So it has some weaknesses, but this is clearly not a reason not to read it I hate the way it has become taboo even to speak her name because of her transphobia I mean honestly The founding fathers who wrote the constitution of US were racist, classist, misogynist white rich men No one seems to think that s a reason to ignore them As were the majority of Western political theorists Yet somehow when it s a feminist, anything less than perfect embracement and tolerance of anything anyone might consider progressive is seen as a reason to ignore them completely Total double standard The end is also very inspiring, and gets kind of surreal, which is highly necessary as the middle chapters are BRUTAL I don t write a lot of reviews but upon reading some others here, I want to add my voice.I see a lot of people dismissing Mary Daly because they don t agree with her on one point or another I find this somewhat tragic She has written here a very important book for feminism that introduced me to some very clarifying concepts I had not previously encountered She brings it all together so we can see the common ties between as disparate phenomena as FGM in Africa, foot binding in China, witch bur I don t write a lot of reviews but upon reading some others here, I want to add my voice.I see a lot of people dismissing Mary Daly because they don t agree with her on one point or another I find this somewhat tragic She has written here a very important book for feminism that introduced me to some very clarifying concepts I had not previously encountered She brings it all together so we can see the common ties between as disparate phenomena as FGM in Africa, foot binding in China, witch burning in Europe, and others Some of her writing is weird and very 1970s trippy to the modern eye, but sticking with it is worth any irritation that may occur.What I really want to say is that reading any author who was writing in the past, even the recent past, we are going to come up against some ideas that have changed since then and we may be tempted to dismiss the author as out of touch with our current reality I feel this is muchprevalent with feminist writers than anyone else Readers expect perfection from feminists past in ways they do not expect perfection from other philosophers And to dismiss Mary Daly out of hand because you ve heard that the second wave is transphobic is a real shame for young women.One of the biggest problems with feminism is that women of each new generation do not get the chance to discover and read the work that has already been done before and the wheel is constantly being reinvented Now that we have the internet, there is no reason this situation needs to continue We can access the work of feminists past any time we want to A new way to prevent young women from reading the works of the authors of the first and second wave is to convince us that these authors are racist or transphobic or basic old biddies who shouldn t be taken seriously This is tragic.So please, even if you read these texts and disagree with parts of them, think about the life work these women put into their writing, the bravery and courage it took to say these things in the cultural climate of their times, and maybe give them the benefit of the doubt we so readily give male authors of the classics In defense of Mary Daly I love Gyn Ecology even if Audre Lorde doesn t I love Daly s insistence on di secting words in order to draw out their meanings some may find it gimmicky The rest of her published works don t interest me the way Gyn Ecology does, but I think Ms Daly is genius More feminists should read her even if her brand of feminism is out of style. Basically, the BEST book on radical feminism ever written Spinsters spin all ways, always. The section on the skin crawling origin of the gynecological medical specialty alone is worth the price of the book Daly s unvarnished and very angry ruminations on patriarchy are very thought provoking Casually picking this book up was my introduction to radical feminist thought, and it was like jumping in the deep end for me. {EBOOK} ⚽ Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism ⚽ This revised edition includes a New Intergalactic Introduction by the AuthorMary Daly s New Intergalactic Introduction explores her process as a Crafty Pirate on the Journey of Writing Gyn Ecology and reveals the autobiographical context of this Thunderbolt of Rage that she first hurled against the patriarchs inand no hurls again in the Re Surging Movement of Radical Feminism in the Be Dazzling NinetiesTheologian philosopher Daly The Church the nd Sex, RevBeyond God the Father,has written an extremist bookon the edge of a culture that is killing itself Conceived as a radical feminist Voyage of woman becoming herself, it s made up of three Passages The st denounces the reversals deceptions mind pollution of patriarchal disciplines including Godfather theology exuberantly sets out to discover the true Croneology behind that male mystification The nd, the most somber part of the Journey, analyzes Goddess murder and the murder of the Goddess in every woman thru the Sado Rituals of five specific historic atrocities Indian suttee, Chinese footbinding, African genital mutilation, European witchburning, American gynecology psychotherapy gynecology of the mind practiced by the rapists Following this exorcism, the Voyager moves in the rd Passage to the Otherworld of lesbian feminist Spinsters who successfully scorn patriarchal intimidation Spooking , stir the fire of female friendship Sparking , after a rip roaring Unraveling gotterdammerung joyously spin on as Revolting Hags En route Daly purposefully busts out of some traditional male forms language Altho the word work of the living verbing writer sometimes gets in the way weigh of flashing in sights, a painstaking indictment of scholarly erasure of historic events some bone chilling facts of women s story, Daly s excursion is bound to inspire Spinsters Spider Women everywhere to leave just about everyone else haggard in fury ated Kirkus edited LJ user recognitions Okay, I know Daly was problematic in a million different ways She was often dismissive of WOC, she was downright contemptuous of trans women and men, and she didn t have much use for the cis brand of men either Add to that her own idiosyncratic, too cute by half idiomatic language, heavily leaning on wordplay, and it s enough to daunt anyone But Gyn Ecology, when you get past all the nonsense, does such a good job looking at the oppressive nature of the patriarchy in man LJ user recognitions Okay, I know Daly was problematic in a million different ways She was often dismissive of WOC, she was downright contemptuous of trans women and men, and she didn t have much use for the cis brand of men either Add to that her own idiosyncratic, too cute by half idiomatic language, heavily leaning on wordplay, and it s enough to daunt anyone But Gyn Ecology, when you get past all the nonsense, does such a good job looking at the oppressive nature of the patriarchy in many different cultures, and the similarities thereof She was incredibly flawed, but she was out there on her own in a way and a time that very few others were It s not for everyone, but it sure blew my mind when I read it back in the 20th century