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Gyn/Ecology: Metaethics of Radical Feminism [Paperback]

Mary Daly
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1 Nov 1979
This revised edition includes a New Intergalactic Introduction by the Author.

Mary Daly's New Intergalactic Introduction explores her process as a Crafty Pirate on the Journey of Writing Gyn/Ecology and reveals the autobiographical context of this "Thunderbolt of Rage" that she first hurled against the patriarchs in 1979 and no hurls again in the Re-Surging Movement of Radical Feminism in the Be-Dazzling Nineties.
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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd; New edition edition (1 Nov 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704338505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704338500
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 30 Mar 2008
A brilliant book. An eye-opener for women. A bit heavy to read at some places but worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Colonisation of the mind 13 Dec 2001
Daly provides a detailed and accessible account of the extent of the controls exercised on women by patriarchy. Her forthright style will be difficult to engage with for men aspiring to feminism and her evocative language and persuasive arguments make the ideas she presents very seductive. It is an excellent contribution to feminist political thought, but should be read with a critical approach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unusual 3 Oct 2011
not for the lightweights who admire feminism but still prance around with engagement rings and lipstick. But when finished, you will view language in a different way. one's world can be divided into pre and post Daly. My own pre Daly world was well acquainted with sexism and the general nuances of the patriarcy that manifested themselves frequently in language and other social interactions. However in my post-Daly world, film, media imagery, periodicals, novels, even science and medicine are complicit. Information that I learn now takes on an entirely new meaning than it could before - I can now slice away at the layers of distorted information because I understand how the language transmitting the information was constructed to begin with. If you have read her carefully (and maybe a few greats before her) and have even a vague eye for social behavior, then a new way of thinking commences mid Daly, and there will be nothing that you can do about it. It does not matter whether she is right or wrong because there is no objective value in anything. She is as right or wrong as the patriarchy is right or wrong. But the post Daly ride is sure to be splendid one and the great news is, you cannot unlearn what she has taught you. you learn it only once and thereafter you are the owner of a Dalyan mindset that you have no choice but to take with you to the grave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most important books ever written 14 Sep 2010
I first read Daly's work decades ago and then somehow lost sight of it - yet, when re-reading this book, I could not understand why or how this had happened (but of course life happens).

Her work is indeed brilliant. She sees through to the core of this patriarchal world and her book is a merciless expose of the atrocities committed against women by men. Telling the truth about patriarchy requires the ugliness of men's evil deeds to be uncovered, like picking up a rock and seeing the squirming, slimy worms hiding underneath it; nevertheless she is not about hating men but about hating the world they have created (don't you?) and she is all about loving women.

In "Gyn/Ecology" Mary Daly (RIP) explores the methods that have been used to keep women bound, showing a relationship between many seemingly disparate phenomena including Nazism/fascism, Indian suttee, Chinese footbinding, genital mutilation (Africa and Arab countries), European witchburnings and American Gynecology (modern medicine - with its chemical and surgical "cures" for the disease of femaleness - now being understood by many but Daly was far ahead of her time when this book was first published in 1978) - how all these evils are proof of the deep hatred of male for female.

Daly explains in each of these types of hate-cripplings & hate-killings how the basic elements were/are identical:
1. fixation on "purity";
2. erasing male responsibility (Chinese mothers broke and bound their daughter's feet and African/Arab mothers excise their daughters' genitals, etc. This is done to ensure daughters' respectability and marriagability but it creates hatred of mothers);
3. how the maiming/killing spreads from upper classes to lower, in pyramid fashion;
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