Reprinted from Maize…
Its a remarkable and significant moment in all our lives to mark the passing of perhaps our greatest scholar Mary Daly. So many of us have stories and things to say which I hope will unfold over the coming time. I last saw her at the Feminist Hullaballoo in Santa Fe two years ago. It was probably her last public event, and she wasn’t well but she was still as spikey and confronting and courageous and outrageous as always. A group of her oldest students from Boston College led by Emily Culpepper and Linda Barafaldi formed a support team and made her last years better organised and comfortable. Her legacy and her papers/archives are all in order I know and that is good, thanks to Emily. She died in Western Massachusetts on 3rd Jan 2010.
Mary was 81, born in 1928, worked and wrote and thought about the end of patriarchy all her life it seemed. She burst out of the cobwebs of the old catholic church in the 1960’s, having gone off to study theology in Friborg, Switzerland and attended some of the sessions of Vatican 2. I remember her describing the servitude of the women, of the fast revelations that followed, her writing The Church and The Second Sex, and then the great book Beyond God The Father. I first wrote to her back then, when I read that book, and we began our correspondence then. I finally met her in 1979 in Boston, went to her class at Boston College, stayed with her and Denise Connors at Newtonville for 2 weeks and we became life-long complicated friends, as she was with all her friends. She visited Australia in 1981, a tour which I organised with a collective of brave women. It was an exhausting and controversial trip which culminated in the public meeting in the Teachers Federation Hall in Sydney which could be described as a riot. Maybe now I can start to tell some of that story, there’s a thought. Maybe, because lots of the Mary Daly stories are very controversial. Her great book Gyn/Ecology was read widely in reading groups, had women up in arms and passionate like almost no other book of the 70’s period. For me the greatest of all the books is Pure Lust from 1983. Its time to revisit them all, and there are lots. There was also a great essay she wrote in a Quest journal from the late 1970’s which I still think is one of the best sources of her ideas. Her own theological roots went to Thomas Aquinas and she took him apart in a rad fem revisioning of the whole of western male thinking. Her work is still to be truly grasped I think, and will be over future time, interwoven with an understanding of her biography and experiences among women and her times. Its a monumental intellectual creative journey.
This was a huge life throbbing with ideas at the very edge of our thinking – that’s a lot to consider. There will be stories and gossip, reflections and laughs, for the remarkable achievements and legacy of the very complex very alive to the deep background world very much loved and honoured Mary Daly. I thank the spirits for her life and commend her to the galactic cows and to Stein and Woolf and the other women she can now hang out with in the spiral galaxies of the ancestors.- Suzanne Bellamy
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Reprinted from Maize…
Just a reminder that the OutLoud Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, January 10, at 3:00 pm to discuss The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue.
“Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter blends fact and invention to create a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce—Victorian style.
Miss Emily “Fido” Faithfull is a “woman of business” and a spinster pioneer in the British women’s movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of her once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen’s failing marriage to a stuffy admiral and her obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into a courtroom drama that rivals the Clinton affair—complete with stained clothing, accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious sealed letter that could destroy more than one life.
The Sealed Letter is a page-turner of the most intelligent sort. Brought to life by Emma Donoghue’s vivid characterizations and matchless eye for detail, here is a story remarkably relevant to contemporary issues of infidelity, propriety, and the media.” (Book Jacket)
You don’t have to read the book to attend the meeting, but this is one book you won’t want to miss! We will also be making selections for the February through June meetings.
If you receive OutLoud’s emails, you may notice that the Men’s Book Group is also meeting on the same dates we are but they will be meeting at the OutCentral Cultural Center conference room, not the bookstore.
When I was younger every gay guy I knew was in love with Judy Garland. Seemed that way at least. I’ve been a huge fan of her daughter Liza so I understand the attraction in a way. Almost every drag show I saw had a Judy in the lineup too. A new movie is being made about Judy’s life called GET HAPPY: The life and times of Judy Garland. Anne Hathaway will play Judy in the film.
Found this article over at the daily beast….
How Feminism Became the F-Word
by Amy Siskind
It is time that we take back the term “feminism” and restore its dignity and honor. It is time that we, our daughters, and granddaughters discover our inner Wonder Woman.
Brenda Henson is at the Jefferson memorial hospital in Pine Bluff Arkansas. She came out of kidney failure and congestive heart failure to have a pulmonary embolism when they tried to move her out of ICU. Things are touch and go. PLEASE, Wanda wants someone to send this out to all the land dyke lists, michigan, etc…
They have treated us horribly as a gay family. We have had to fight for Wanda to simply have spousal privileges and for her to be able to see Mom’s chart. The other night she was “gone” and we said our goodbyes to her…the next morning they said her kidneys had kicked back in and she was awake….we did not know if she was “awake” for 5 minutes or what. THEY WOULD NOT LET WANDA OR I IN TO SEE HER!!!!!!!! Security got called on me and I was told to calm down as she was not alone…”Jesus was with her.”
We need all the support and energy that a family can get. My Aunts, brothers, and partners are all here. We feel like we are the “circus side show” as these PEOPLE obviously do not know how to deal with a Gay family and the fact that we are all her kids, family, though it may not be by blood. Wanda is good, in control and hasn’t slapped somebody yet. Momma BEGGED to let Wanda come and help her with bed pan problems and they refused. It has been a literal mess. NOT FAIR!!! NOT FUCKING FAIR!
Damn them! Please send love and support and please send this out to EVERYONE you can think of! Send letters of disgust to the hospital administrator and demand they train their people how to deal with us in a respectful and compassionate manner!
note: if anyone wants to send a note to me about this i’ll forward it to them on the maize list serv-val (send it to email@example.com)
Hi My Friends,
I’m excited to let you know that I will start at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County in Aptos CA on Sept 1, 2007. I am soooo excited. They seem like a truly wonderful group of folks and the area there is beautiful. I will be a
Consulting Minister there for one year. We have an option to call (rent with option to buy; hire to call) open but we have to figure out whether or not we can live there on a minister’s salary. (average price of a home is $700,000.)
Karen and I were married in civil union on May 29th in Brattleboro Vermont. The Reverend James Ishmael Ford (Roshi) performed the private service in a beautiful garden at the PutneyForty Inn. It was a wonderful occasion, further marked by the car rental company running out of economy cars and would we settle for a Crossfire! Did we ever enjoy that!
I graduated from ISL (Institute for Spiritual Leadership) on June 1 and from Meadville Lombard Theological School on June 3. Good endings both.
I’ll be at General Assembly in Portland Oregon next week and hope to see some of you there. Then Karen and I will drive to Santa Cruz, find housing and drive back to Bowling Green area to pick up the dogs and move on out.
It’s been an exciting time. Thanks for sharing the journey.