1. Prelude: A Rant

[1] Mary Daly’s work is dangerous for academic feminists.  Dangerous because if one makes reference to her work in one’s research, one risks being tainted with the stain of the academic and political sins she has committed.  After her death, numerous feminists posted internet remembrances, both formal and informal.  I was dismayed at the need many felt to distance themselves from her work, stating pointedly that they respected her work though they didn’t always agree with it.  I would imagine there are few, if any, thinkers one would agree with on every point.  Therefore I look on that distancing as another mark that Daly’s work is dangerous for academic feminists.(n1)  Daly is dangerous because her work is subversive, and it is subversive to the very academy in which it was produced.

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