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Amazon Grace: Re-Calling the Courage to Sin Big

Amazon Grace: Re-Calling the Courage to Sin Big

by Mary Daly
     
 

In her signature style, revolutionary Mary Daly takes you on a Quantum leap into a joyous future of victory for women. Daly, the groundbreaking author of such classics as Beyond God the Father and The Church and the Second Sex, explores the visions of Matilda Joslyn Gage, the great nineteenth-century philosopher, and reveals that her insights

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In her signature style, revolutionary Mary Daly takes you on a Quantum leap into a joyous future of victory for women. Daly, the groundbreaking author of such classics as Beyond God the Father and The Church and the Second Sex, explores the visions of Matilda Joslyn Gage, the great nineteenth-century philosopher, and reveals that her insights are stunningly helpful to twenty-first-century Voyagers seeking to overcome the fascism and life-hating fundamentalism that has infused current power structures. Daly shows us once again that Wild, Wise Women can learn to take charge of the current destructive patriarchal forces and use this as an Outlandish opportunity for change.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
What is "amazon grace"? According to theologian and philosopher Daly (Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation), it is women's ability to face the world with determination and humor. She depicts this post-9/11 world as a paradox for women, dangerous because of increasing patriarchal oppression and technology's assault upon the environment, but rife with opportunities for those women willing to resist. She urges women to challenge society's tendency to separate women from each other, preventing them from achieving interconnectedness, and also stresses the necessity of a sense of humor; only women who connect with each other and resist oppression with laughter can achieve "amazon grace." Daly's well-supported arguments are wide-ranging with such highlights as "remembered" conversations with old friends and acerbic accusations against the Bush administration and the "theocratic right." Readers not familiar with Daly's unique penchant for playing fast and loose with language may find themselves initially dizzied but will be ultimately rewarded for their perseverance. Recommended for both academic libraries and larger public libraries with women's studies collections.-M.C. Duhig, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Feminist theorist and self-proclaimed "revolting hag" Daly (Outercourse, 1993, etc.) offers a sharp-tongued assessment of today's political landscape. "For readers who cannot Hear written words in their heads and feel them as they read, it is especially important to Speak them Out Loud," writes the author. This proves to be helpful advice, since such impenetrable phrases as, "Some Trivial Women... proclaim that this must be the Time of Times for manifestations of Trans-spatial/Transtemporal and Intergalactic consciousness," might make a little more sense when read aloud, repeatedly. Getting beyond Daly's peculiar language, one sees that the core of her polemic is not especially original. She asserts that patriarchy has been around for only about 5,000 years; before that, everyone lived in societies that were peaceful and gynocratic, a term she prefers to "matriarchal," because "matriarchy" implies that all women have children. Today, society is experiencing a backlash, she continues. The patriarchy has separated women from each other and appointed reactionaries like Condoleezza Rice to positions of power so the rest of us will be fooled into thinking that women are in the forefront. Profoundly concerned about rampant environmental degradation, Daly suggests that the fate of women is closely linked to the fate of the planet. Much of the book is presented as imaginary dialogues between the author and such figures as 19th-century activist Matilda Joslyn Gage. Though the state of things is depressing, declares Daly, we can still laugh, listen well to one another and see the current moment as an opportunity for inaugurating a new style of politics and community. Requires a lot of work andyields little reward.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403968531
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/10/2006
Pages:
272

Meet the Author

Mary Daly has published seven Radical Feminist books, many of them bestselling titles: The Church and the Second Sex, Beyond God the Father, Gyn/Ecology, Pure Lust, Websters’ First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language (conjured in cahoots with Jane Caputi), Outercourse: The Be-Dazzling Voyage, and Quintessence . . . Realizing the Archaic Future. This Pirate/Voyager Craftily pursues her own Intellectual Quest and disturbs the peace by lecturing Irregularly to audiences around the United States, Canada, and Europe. She is a Nag-Gnostic philosopher, Positively Revolting Hag, and author who holds doctorates in theology and philosophy from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

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