6. Conclusion

[19] Though we do not now live in the world in which Mary Daly produced her work, we have our own challenges.  Racial ignorance is persistent in its resistance to being eliminated.  Violence against women is met with indifference or, domestically, treated as a justification for state intervention(n4) and globally used to justify occupation(n5).  Furthermore, the worsening economic situation contributes to a mentality of scarcity and competition for resources, in and out of the academy.  These pressures serve to put increasingly more power into the hands of those who would silence our voices.

[20] It is crucial for contemporary scholars to remain on the margins, resisting the lure of the mainstream, to continue this work of fleshing out background logics and epistemologies.  Otherwise we cease to be able to set the terms of our discourse.   We must remain on the margins, but we must stay there together—connected.  Instead of reacting and defending against conservative political and economic pressures, we need to continue making our own interconnected meanings:  we need to Spin Big.

Notes

(n1) For a notable exception and useful analysis of her work (though I don’t always agree with it), http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=24066

(n2) For more on sinning big, go to: http://www.philosophynow.org/issue77/77benson2.htm

(n3) The full title is, Websters’ First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language, Conjured by Mary Daly in Cahoots with Jane Caputi.

(n4) The organization Incite! Women of Color against Violence makes this argument: http://www.incite-national.org/

(n5) The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan made this argument shortly before the US began the war in Afghanistan: http://www.rawa.org/index.php

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