Feminist theologian Mary Daly, who inspired many a 90s Woman, died on Sunday. Feministing has a nice write-up.
Daly was super radical and extreme, banning men from her classes. She was really easy to dismiss as a kook, but there was something in the way she wrote that was also really hard to ignore.
I remember reading her book Beyond God the Father in the library when I was studying religion in Montreal and suddenly having this totally different take on my whole course load. I felt super radicalized and made a real pest of myself in my Christian History class.
In retrospect, a lot of the matriarchy-as-true-world-history seems pretty dubious, but as we know now there was something to be said for questioning the Catholic Church the way she did back in the mid-’90s.
From her website: