November 26, 2002

THIS POST from a week ago about academic feminists’ statements about men got Barry Deutsch upset. I was posting from memory and I can’t give a cite, nor am I inclined to spend the library time it would take to make Deutsch happy. And I suppose I could be wrong, though my recollection of the statements in question seems quite clear. But if you’re interested, see the update.

UPDATE: Brian Carnell has a post in which he quotes Mary Daly (famous for excluding men from her classes at Boston College) as advocating a world nearly free of men. And he notes that Daly’s work has been endorsed by many prominent feminists. I suppose we’ll hear that it’s “satire,” though. Here’s an excerpt from an interview that Carnell quotes:

WIE: Which brings us to another question I wanted to ask you. Sally Miller Gearhart, in her article, “The Future—If There is One—Is Female,” writes: “At least three further requirements supplement the strategies of environmentalists if we were to create and preserve a less violent world. 1) Every culture must begin to affirm the female future. 2) Species responsibility must be returned to women in every culture. 3) The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately ten percent of the human race.” What do you think about this statement?

MD: I think it’s not a bad idea at all. If life is to survive on this planet, there must be a decontamination of the Earth. I think this will be accompanied by an evolutionary process that will result in a drastic reduction of the population of males. People are afraid to say that kind of stuff anymore.

Yeah, this is the kind of stuff I remember. Does this sound like satire to you?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s a link to the interview. The passage quoted above appears here. There’s lots of other fascinating stuff. And here — as a testament to her mainstream impact — is some rather fawning praise of Daly’s work, including a quotation of the passage above, by a Unitarian minister from a church in Arlington, Virginia.

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