Another seminal modern theologian and influence on the feminist-pagan movement has passed into the mystery.
Ms Daly developed a radical theology and feminist critique that men and male identity are culturally designed to oppress women. She developed a method of radicalizing language to help women free themselves of patriarchal oppression inherent in cultural language contexts. She was incredibly influential, creative, acerbic and wise.
Personally her work challenged me deeply in my early 20s and, I hope, helped me become more aware of the subtle power-patriarchy within myself and my relationships with women. I was hanging around with a group of radical lesbians (women who left the room when men entered) and political lesbians (women choosing to only have sex with women despite wanting to smooch men). They viewed Mary Daly in ways verging on worship and I kept expecting Gyn/Ecology to be placed on an altar and have vulva shaped flowers thrown over it on the hour, every hour. 🙂
Ms Daly was so radical she left many people – women and men – cold. But like the radical green politics of the 80s, she provided one end of the spectrum by which a moderate ground could form. Her influence and presence in the modern neo-pagan movement is probably unknown and unseen except by scholars and a few older folk. But without her work I wager things would be different.
Thank you, Ms Daly.
May the Mound keep you and bless you.