Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Judge Backs Dismissal of Professor Who Barred Males from Class

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Judge Backs Dismissal of Professor Who Barred Males from Class

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A Boston College professor who barred male students from her classes on feminism remains out of a job following a judge's ruling.

At issue in a Middlesex Superior Court hearing last month was whether Dr. Mary Daly's classes should be listed in next semester's course roster. College officials had refused to include them, citing a school policy of keeping all courses open to both men and women. The judge said the school was within its rights.

"A professor's defiance of that policy -- in this case, a vehement and very public defiance -- would give the school ample grounds for her termination," Judge Martha Sosman wrote in her decision.

Daly, 70, known for works including Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism and Outercourse, claims the Jesuit-run school pushed her out when threatened with a lawsuit by a male student. The school says she retired when she was ordered to teach men.

When she first arrived at Boston College in 1966, Dalytaught only men because the school of arts and sciences didn't admit women until 1970. Soon after, Daly said, she found that men and women in feminist courses didn't mix. So she barred men from her seminars, although she said she has taught some two dozen men in one-on-one seminars. …

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