Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's by Mary Daly

By Mary Daly

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The bonding together of women into a sisterhood for liberation Page 2 is becoming a widespread feature of American culture, and the movement is rapidly taking on worldwide dimensions.  This happens through dynamics that are largely uncalculated and unconscious, yet which reinforce the assumptions, attitudes, stereotypes, customs, and arrangements of sexually hierarchical society. " All of this, after all, is past history.  The United Presbyterian Church, for example, has women ministers, but they constitute less than 1 percent of fully ordained ministers in that church.

Thinkers such as Whitehead, James, and Jaspers employ God­ language that soars beyond sexual hierarchy as a specific problem to be confronted in the process of human becoming.  In my thinking, the specific criterion which implies a mandate to reject certain forms of God­talk is expressed in the question: Does this language hinder human becoming by reinforcing sex­role socialization? Expressed positively—a point to be developed later on—the question is: Does it encourage human becoming toward psychological and social fulfillment, toward an androgynous mode of living, toward transcendence?

Now these primordial eunuchs are rising up to castrate not people but the system that castrates—that great "God­Father" of us all which indulges senselessly and universally in the politics of rape. " It is essentially demonic in that it cuts off the power of human becoming. '' Rather, I mean to call attention to the emergence of free persons whose lives communicate a kind of contagious freedom.  The process implies beautiful, self­actualizing anger, love, and hope.  They simply classify it as nondata, thereby rendering it invisible.

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