Mary Daly and her Lesbionic Amazon thinking.
Posted by FeistyAmazon on January 10, 2010 at 11:53 PM
I don't agree with all of what Mary Daly espoused, but much of it. In some ways she's a kindred spirit. There are things she wouldn't agree with me in regards to my personal choices, and others we may come to some agreement on..and her book Gyn/Ecology certainly woke me up. I realized she is both a Witch and an Amazon Warrior, as I am, both of us in our ways..intensely questioning the male centeredness of patriarchal religion, even amongst those who try to reform it.
As far as MTF's and FTM's, both weaken Lesbians as a whole, and women in particular. MTF's would make their needs primary before any bio woman alive. To me, they're still bio-males, maybe not benefitting any longer from male privilege, but still with the assumption of male thinking in their minds, bodies and spirits, no matter HOW surgically or hormonally altered. They never had a girlhood and all the attendant and difficult problems we faced as girls. As far as FTM's go, MANY Lesbians, and I'm sure if Mary Daly were aware of the current trends, would heartily mourn so many butch and boyish Lesbian types wanting to chop off their breasts, take hormones and consider themselves male, that literally the patriarchy took hold in their own bodies, minds and spirits.
Some of us no longer believe the lies of the trans movement, it's clouding the issues, it's anti-feminism, it's lesbian hatred, and it's diminishment of women's issues and lives, to merely 'gender' issues, that we can put on and take off 'gender' like so many clothes, or surgeries or hormones. That indeed the 'cure' for our problem(female oppression living in an intensely patriarchal and bio female and lesbian hating world)is to transition to male..and then we'd be 'cured of our problem. So many have been convinced of this in so many ways.
So for all the 'liberation' you claim by conforming to gender roles by altering your bodies, and going on hormones and surgeries, by having to kowtow to doctors both psychological and medical to get at these hormones and surgeries, is furthering the oppression in so many ways, not liberating us from it!
Like myself, Mary Daly questioned questioned, questioned women and Lesbians' status in intensely spiritually, religiously, politically and socially patriarchal societies throughout the world, which neither want women free or even more so, Lesbians free. Better to transition to male and 'pass' as male, married to a woman, than be homosexual. Same for the MTF's...pressure in Iranian and other Arabic/Islamic societies to transition to the opposite sex for the 'cure' to homosexuality.
Separatism for better or worse, is the ONLY movement that continues to solely advocate for the empowerment of Lesbians in particular and women as a whole, by literally unplugging from patriarchy every way a Dyke and a woman can...spiritually, sexually, emotionally, and as much as possible physically.
She saw into the Background, another place for us Wildwomyn, us Witches, us AmazonDykes to go by and for our OWN agency, questioning the patriarchy that destroys so many FEMALE minds, bodies and spirits...and even threatens to destroy the very planet Herself!