Women's Work and Women's Studies 1971 Questionnaire, Mary Daly, 1972

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BOSTON COLLEGE
 Chestnut Hill , Massachusetts 02167
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THEOLOGY 
 
 May 20, 1972
 
 The Women's Center
 Barnard College
 606 West 120th Street
 New York, New York 10027
 
 Dear Sisters:
 
 In response to your inquiry, I am enclosing course calendars
 for the courses in Women's Studies which I gave this year.
 The course calendars indicate the publications that I have
 produced in recent years on this subject. I am also enclosing
 a brief outline of the book which I am now writing entitled, 
 Beyond God the Father. I think that the enclosures are self-
 explanatory.
 
 I understand that you recently sent out a questionnaire to
 people involved in Women's Studies. I may have received this
 but I am unable to find it among my unanswered mail. If you
 wish to send another copy, I will attempt to fill it out and
 return it.
 
 Best Wishes.
 
 Sincerely,
 
 Mary Daly
 
 P.S. An individual whose work should be included is
 Janice Raymond who did an M.A. thesis on "Nuns and Women's
 Liberation." This is an excellent and ground-breaking work.
 She has also done other articles on Women's liberation.
 She may be reached at 202 First Ave., East Greenwich, R.I. 02818
 Also a number of students in my courses have done some extremely
 interesting projects. These include research papers, films, ‘
 tapes, and a feminist non-liturgy. If you wish, I can send
 you Xeroxed copies of the more outstanding papers.
 Also note the enclosed program of the AAR meeting on Women
 and Religion.
 
 My apologies for being remiss in not responding to your first
 sending of the questionnaire.
 
 
The Barnard Women’s Center recently sent out a questionnaire to people involved in women's studies requesting their opinions on a proposed interdisciplinary bibliography of the year‘s work in women's studies. As the responses soundly supported our project, we would now like to proceed with collecting information both from organizations and from individuals. Our purpose is to incorporate the year's academic studies on women, either completed or in progress, along with information on innovative action projects such as women's health collectives, community day care, legal aid, women's publications, feminist theater, film projects, and so forth. In this way we hope to spark a livelier interchange between theory and practice. 
  
 What we need from you in the space provided below is a description of the research or project in which you are involved. Or if you know of an individual or group whose work should be included, please either let us know about it or else pass this request for information on to them. Finally from those associated with women's publications, we would welcome any publicity for our project that your publication can provide.
  
 Thank you in advance for your participation.
 
 Name Mary Daly 
 Address 2018 Commonwealth Ave. Brighton, Mass. 02135
 Organization or Institution Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02167
 
 In the space below please try to summarize the purpose, goals, methods, and any other vital information about your research or project. Attach additional sheets if necessary and return to:
 
 The Women's Center 
 Barnard College 
 606 West 120th Street 
 New York, N.Y.10027
 
 see enclosures 
Curriculum Vitae
 Mary Daly
 
 Education:
 B.A.: College of St. Rose, Albany, N.Y.
 M.A.: Catholic University of America
 Ph.D. in Religion: School of Theology, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame
 S.T.D.: University of Fribourg, Switzerland
 Ph.D. in philosophy: University of Fribourg, Switzerland
 
 Teaching:
 Prior to doing doctoral work in Europe, I taught theology and
 philosophy at Cardinal Cushing College, Brookline, Massachusetts.
 During the seven years spent in Switzerland doing doctoral study
 (Oct. 1959 - July, 1966), I taught theology and philosophy courses
 in the junior year abroad programs in Fribourg. The three programs
 were those of Rosary College (Chicago), Georgetown University (Wash-
 ington) and LaSalle College (Philadelphia). Since September, 1966,
 I have been teaching theology at Boston College, where I am an
 associate professor of theology. I am currently teaching in the
 joint doctoral program in theology of Boston College and Andover
 Newton Theological School. Along with other theological courses, I
 am teaching women's studies courses, which are open to graduate and
 undergraduate students in the theological schools of the Boston
 Theological Institute.
 
 Publications:
 Aside from my doctoral dissertations, I have published a book,
 The Church and the Second Sex (Harper and Row, 1968). I have contri-
 buted articles to numerous books, including the Dictionary of the
 History of Ideas. Recent books containing essays by me are Sister-
 hood is Powerful, edited by Robin Morgan (Random House, 1970) and
 Voices of the New Feminism, edited by Mary Lou Thompson (Beacon Press,
 1970). I have published articles in periodicals such as Commonweal,
 IDO-C, and Christian Century. Recent articles include "After the Death
 of God the Father“ (Commonweal, March 12, 1971) and "The Courage to
 See" (Christian Century, Sept. 22, 1971). "Abortion and Sexual Caste," 
 Commonweal, Feb. 4, 1972; "The Spiritual Revolution: Women's Liberation
 as Theological Re-education," Andover Newton Quarterly, March, 1972. 
 I have given lectures, talks, and seminars, especially for college 
 university groups, across the country, 
 
 
Boston College 
 Department of Theology 
 Fall 1971 
 Theology 194-- Dr. Mary Daly 
 
 THE WOMEN'S REVOLUTION AND THEOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
 
 This course is given to undergraduate students of Boston College and to sem-
 inarians and graduate students of the seven theological schools of the Boston
 Theological Institute.
 
 The course will be an investigation of how the women's liberation movement can
 effect basic changes in religious consciousness and in theological formulations.
 Since it will be dealing with new and exploratory concepts, it will have two
 aspects. First, there will be some general background on patriarchy, the oppres-
 sion of women, and the meaning of women's liberation. Second, there will be an
 exploration of the insights emerging from the movement in an effort to see these
 in relation to basic theological problems, anticipating the effect these insights
 can and should have upon spiritual consciousness. Since there is very little
 material yet available on women's liberation in relation to theology, basic the-
 oretical readings will in some cases be general readings to be criticized, applied,
 or revolutionized within the perspective of liberation. Since the course will
 be breaking new ground, its success will depend upon the degree of consciousness
 and creativity that the combined resources of professor and students bring to it.
 The following outline is subject to minor revision, but gives a general idea of
 the structure-of the course.
 
 I. The nature and conditions of patriarchy.
 Readings from Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex; Kate Millett,
 Sexual Politics
 
 II. Sex role socialization.
 Readings from Eleanor Maccoby, The development of sex differences. Also,
 Naomi Weisstein, "Kinder, Kuche, Kirche as Scientific Law: Psychology 
 Constructs the Female."
 
 III. Christianity as patriarchal religion.
 Readings: Mary Daly, The Church and the Second Sex.
 
 IV. Theoretical basis for change.
 Readings: Peter Berger, The Sacred Canopy.
 
 V. Theological Revolution: the problem of God.
 Readings: Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be; Mary Daly, "After the Death
 of God the Father," Commonweal, March 12, 1971; Mary Daly, "The Courage
 to See," The Christian Century, Sept. 1971
 
 VI. Theological revolution: The myth of the Fall.
 Readings from Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology, Vol. II; Thomas Szasz,
 The Manufacture of Madness. Articles from Notes on the Second Year:
 Carol Hanisch, "The Personal is Political;" hathie Sarachild, "A Pro-
 gram for Feminist Consciousness-Raising;“ Irene Peslikis, ”Resistances
 to Consciousness;" Jennifer Gardiner, "False Consciousness;" Pamela
 Kearon, "Man-hating."
 
 VII. Theological Revolution: Christian symbols.
 Readings from Paul Tillich, Dynamics of Faith. Leonard Swidler, "Jesus
 was a Feminist," Catholic World, Jan. 1971.
 
 
VIII. Theological revolution: The transvaluation of values.
 Readings: Theodore Roszak, "The Hard and the Soft...", and Alice
 Rossi, "Sex Equality: the Beginning of Ideology," In Masculine/Femi-
 nine; Linda Thurston, "On Male and Female Principle," The Second
 Wave, Summer, 1971; Rosemary Ruether, "Male Chauvinist Theology and
 the Anger of Women," Cross Currents, Spring, 1971. Readings from
 Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology, Vol. I: "Reason and the Quest 
 for Revelation", from Transcendence, edited by Herbert Richardson, and
 from Erich Neumann, Depth Psychology and a New Ethic.
 
 WOMEN'S LIBERATION AND THE CHURCH*
 
 This course also is open both to undergraduate students and to graduate
 students from the seven theological schools of the Boston Theological Insti
 tute.
 
 Required Background reading: Kate Millett, Sexual Politics; Mary Daly,
 The Church and The Second Sex; Sarah Bentley Dooley, Editor, ”Women's Libera-
 tion and the Church; Margaret Sittler Ermarth, Adam's Fractured Rib; Mary
 Daly, "The Spiritual Revolution," Andover Newton Quarterly, March '72; Freire
 Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Readings from J. Moltmann, Theology of Hope.
 
 The course will analyze the women's movement as essentially a spiritual
 revolution that can transform the church's being in the world. Like the fall
 course on theological development, it will be a ground breaking enterprise. 
 The precise manner in which it will be worked out will depend in part upon the
 [experience] and creative input from the first semester course. It will deal
 with a number of revolutionary concepts.
 
 I. Sisterhood as a revolutionary phenomenon.
 
 II. The church and sexual caste.
 
 III. Spiritual expatriates: sisterhood as anti-church. 
 
 IV. The power of presence: sisterhood as church.
 A. As a space set apart.
 B. As charismatic community.
 C. As exodus community.
 D. As community of promise.
 E. As second order institution.
 
 V. Toward the future: the sisterhood of man.
 
 * Spring 1972
 Theology 195
 
 
Boston College
 Department of Theology
 Spring, 1972
 Theology 195-- Dr. Mary Daly
 
 Women's Liberation and the Church
 
 Reading list
 
 I. Books
 A. Presupposed background reading
 Millett, Kate. Sexual Politics. Doubleday
 Daly, Mary. The Church and the Second Sex. Harper and Row.
 B. Required
 Doeley, Sarah Bentley, ed. Women's liberation and the Church.
 Association Press.
 Ermarth, Margaret Sittler. Adam's Fractured Rib. Fortress.
 Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Herder and Herder.
 Tillich, Paul. Love, Power, and Justice. Galaxy.
 Roszak, Theodore. The Making of a Counter Culture. Doubleday.
 C. Suggested but not required theological materials
 Tillich; Paul. Readings from Systematic Theology, vol III.
 Moltmann, Jurgen. Readings from Theology of Hope.
 Marty, M. and Peerman, D., editors. Readings from New Theology
 Number Five.
 
 II. Articles
 Daly, Mary."Abortion and Sexual Caste" (Commonweal, Feb. 4, 1972)
 _____. "After the Death of God the Father" (Commonweal, March 12,
 1971)
 _____. "The Courage to See" (Christian Century, Sept. 22, 1971)
 Ruether, Rosemary Radford. "Male Chauvinist Theology and the Anger
 of Women" (Cross Currents, Spring, 1971)
 Articles by Mary Daly (“The Spiritual Revolution"), Janice
 Raymond, Elizabeth Farians, Nelle Morton in Andover Newton
 Quarterly, March, 1972.
 
 III. Useful anthologies
 Morgan, Robin. Sisterhood is Powerful. Random House.
 Roszak, Betty and Theodore. Masculine/Feminine. Harper.
 
 Course requirements
 Two oral exams and one research paper/project
 
 Office hours
 Tuesdays 3-4 and Wednesdays 3:30-4:30, Carney 409
 
 Structure of the Course
 Method: Insight into problem -- praxis -- critical reflection
 Content: See other sheet.
 
  
 
 
Beyond God the Father
 
 Women's Liberation and the Transformation of Religion
 
 Mary Daly
 
 Contents
 Introduction: Problem and Method
 Chapter One: After the Death of God the Father
 Chapter Two: The Myth of the Fall: The Lie that Prevailed
 Chapter Three: Beyond Christology to a World without Models
 Chapter Four: Transvaluation of Values
 Chapter Five: The Bonds of Freedom: Sisterhood as Anti-Church
 Chapter Six: The Exodus Community: Sisterhood as Beyond-Church
 Chapter Seven: The Sisterhood of Man
 Conclusion
 
 As the women's movement begins to have its effect upon the
 fabric of society, transforming it from patriarchy into something
 that never existed before-- into a diarchal situation that is
 radically new-- it can become the greatest single challenge to
 Christianity to rid itself of its oppressive tendencies or go out of
 business. Beliefs and values that have held sway for thousands of
 years will be questioned as never before. This revolution also may
 well be the greatest single hope for survival of spiritual conscious-
 ness on this planet.
 
 The Judaic-Christian tradition has served to legitimate sexually
 imbalanced patriarchal society. Thus, for example, the image of the
 Father God, spawned in the human imagination and sustained as
 plausible by patriarchy, has in turn rendered service to this type
 of society by making its mechanisms for the oppression of women
 appear right and fitting. The imbalance in Christian ideology
 resulting from sexual hierarchy is manifested not only in the doc-
 trine of God but also in the notion of Jesus as the unique God-man.
 It will, I think, become increasingly evident that exclusively mas-
 culine symbols for the ideal of "incarnation" will not do. The
 becoming of women implies also a transvaluation of values in Christ-
 ian morality. As the old order is challenged and as men and women
 become free to experience a wholeness of personality which the old
 sex role socialization impeded, the potentiality will be awakened
 for a change in moral consciousness which will go far beyond
 critiques of Christian values which still accept the premises of
 patriarchal ideology.
 
 This book attempts to outline future directions of religious
 consciousness-- its symbols, theology, ethics-- the seeds of which can
 be found in the emerging consciousness of the new sisterhood of
 women. 
PROGRAM FOR WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN AND RELIGION
 
 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
 September 1-5, 1972, Los Angeles, California
 
 I. Margaret Earley, Alverno College, Presiding
 Theme: THE WOMEN'S REVOLUTION AND THEOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
 
 Theology after the Demise of God the Father
 Mary Daly, Boston College
 The Use of Feminine Imagery in a Theological Model of the Trinity
 Patricia Wilson, University of Iowa
 Women in Theology or a Theology for Women?
 Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza, University of Notre Dame
 
 II. Mary Daly, Boston College, Presiding
 Theme: TRANSVALUATION OF VALUES
 
 Beyond Male Morality
 Janice Raymond, Andover Newton-Boston College
 Reflections on the Ethical Implication of Women's Liberation
 Penelope Washbourne, The College of Wooster
 Abortion Reconstrued
 Jean MacRae, Harvard University
 Changing Values in Assessment of Leadership Roles of Women in Nineteenth
 Century American Religion
 Gayle Kimball, University of California at Santa Barbara
 
 III Christine Downing, Rutgers University, Presiding
 Theme: MYTH AND SEXUAL STEREOTYPES
 
 St. Augustine's Penis: Sources of Misogynism in Christian Theology and
 Prospects For Liberation Today
 Rosemary Radford Ruether, Howard University
 Woman: Seductive Siren and Source of Sin? Pseudepigraphal Myth
 and Christian Origins
 Bernard P. Prusak, Villanova University
 Phallic Worship: The Ultimate Idolatry
 Elizabeth Farians, Boston Theological Institute
 The Daughters of Mara: The Image of Woman in Ancient Buddhism
 Nancy Falk, Western Michigan University
 
 IV Rosemary Radford Ruether, Howard University, Presiding
 Theme: NEW VIEWS OF HISTORY
 
 Is Anti-Feminism a Sign of the Decadence of Religion?
 Leonard Swidler, Temple University
 The Women's Revolution and “Paul”
 Winsome Munro, Union Theological Seminary
 St. Paul and the Women's Liberation Movement
 M. Kathleen Lane, Marylhurst College
 Women, Women, and the Bible: Resources For Study and Teaching
 Martha M. Wilson, Duke University
 Methodological Remarks on the Study of Women in Religion: Review,
 Criticism, and Redefinition
 Rita Gross Leposky, New College