MARY DALY, 1928-
"One hundred per cent of the bishops who oppose the repeal of anti-abortion laws are men and one hundred per cent of the people who have abortions are women." I thought it clear and obvious -- and outrageous -- that men had appropriated the right to dictate to women in this matter. I saw that the main issue was really power over women 1
M ary Daly was born in 1928, a generation after Simone de Beauvoir, who was born in 1908. In many ways Daly continues the French existentialist philosopher's efforts begun in The Second Sex. As we shall see, Daly will be more faithful to the French atheist than she is to the faith of her parents, to whom she dedicates The Church and the Second Sex. At any rate the importance of religion to feminism can be seen as an atheist, Beauvoir, and a believer (at least at the time), Daly, continue to regard religious issues as of central importance to feminist concerns.
As we begin our investigation of Mary Daly, some signposts may be helpful to the reader, especially because Daly herself has become rather difficult to understand as she seeks to fashion a new reality for____________________