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Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism

Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics
of Radical Feminism
Mary DalyBeacon Press1978

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.

Gyn/Ecology is for every Hag/Crone/Spinster in every Living woman. It is for each individual Journeyer to decide/expand the scope of this imagination within her. It is she, and she alone, who can determine how far, and in what way she can/will travel. She and she alone, can dis-cover the mystery of her own history, and find how it is interwoven with the lives of other women.

Mary Daly, Gyn/Ecology / page xiii.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Metapatriarchal Journey Of Exorcism And Ecstasy
… The Title Of This Book
… The Subtitle Of This Book
… The Tradition Of This Book: Hag-Ography
… The Silencing Of Women And Silent Spring
… The Purpose, The Method, The Style Of This Book
… Naming The Enemy
… The Chart Of This Voyaging/Writing

The First Passage: Processions
… Prelude To The First Passage

Chapter One: Deadly Deception: Mystification Through Myth
… Handshakes In Space: A Celestial Horror Show
… From Robotitude To Roboticide: Re-Considering
… Flying Fetuses: Mythological/Technological Necrophilia
… The Illusion Of “Dionysian” Freedom
… Boundary Violation And The Frankenstein Phenomenon

Chapter Two: Dismemberment By Christian And Postchristian Myth
… Defined Mindbinding: Christian Myth
… Postchristian Extensions Of Christian Myth
The Second Passage
… The Sado-Ritual Syndrome: The Re-Enactment Of Goddess Murder
… Prelude To The Second Passage

Chapter Three: Indian Suttee: The Ultimate Consummation Of Marriage
… Child Brides
… Blaming The Victim
… Identification With The Oppressor
… Resistance To Feminist Searchers
… The Pattern Of The Sado-Ritual Syndrome

Chapter Four: Chinese Footbinding: On Footnoting The Three-Inch “Lotus Hooks”

Chapter Five: African Genital Mutilation: The Unspeakable Atrocities

Chapter Six: European Witchburnings: Purifying The Body Of Christ

Chapter Seven: American Gynecology: Gynocide By The Holy Ghosts Of Medicine And Therapy
… A Brief Crone-Ology
… Christian Paradigms For Gynecological Gynocide
… The Shrinking Of Female Be-Ing
… Conclusion And Afterword To Chapter Seven
… Nazi Medicine And American Gynecology: A Torture Crosscultural Comparison

The Third Passage
… Gyn/Ecology: Spinning New Time/Space
… Prelude To The Third Passage

Chapter Eight: Spooking: Exorcism, Escape, And Enspiriting Process
… Spooking From The Locker Room
… Newspeak Versus New Words
… Painted Birds: The State Of Total Tokenism
… Spooking Back: Unpainting
… Dis-Possession I: The Enspiriting Self
… Dis-Possession II: The Call Of The Wild
… Dis-Possession III: Daughter-Right
… Bewitching The Time Warps I: Expelling The Patriarchal
… Bewitching The Time Warps II: Expelling The Patriarchal

Chapter Nine: Sparking: The Fire Of Female Friendship
… The Radical Enemy Of The Patriarchal World War
… The Radical Friendship Of Hags
… Double Dilemmas And The Double Ax
… Sisters And Friends
… Invitations To Assimilation
… Refusing Self-Sacrifice: The Courage Of Self-Acceptance
… The Ultimate Threat Of Female Bonding
… Separation: Room Of One’s Own

Chapter Ten: Spinning: Cosmic Tapestries
… Spanning Split Consciousness
… Spinning Threads Of Connectedness
… The Calling Of Spinsters: Spinning, Not Swinging
… Spinsters As Spiders: From Arachne To Charlotte
… The Spider’s Web As Spiral Net Converging
… The Labyrinth Of Entry Into The Otherworld
… Spinning As Spooking I: Weaving And Unweaving
… Spinning As Spooking II: Earthquakes
… Spinning: From Ignorance To Innocence
… The Vertigo Of Creation
… The Dissembly Of Exorcism
… The Celebration Of Ecstasy