I know this letter comes at a strange moment, but letters circulate even after you , Mary Daly, about my long-standing engagement with Audre Lorde’s open. The following is an excerpt of another passage from Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider: essays and speeches. An Open Letter to Mary Daly May 6. Levitt presents a letter to Mary Daly to share her response to Audre Lorde’s open letter criticizing Daly’s Gyn/Ecology. She says Daly’s silence about Lorde’s.

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Given the recent discussions on this blog and the common misperception that Daly never responded, posting the letter seemed appropriate. So thanks for addressing these. No Black feminist figure has been more widely quoted or less critically engaged with. You are commenting using your WordPress.

How could people throw Japanese Americans into internment camps? Notify me of new comments via email. Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving. The proximity of gendered Blackness to death reveals the paradox by which the body that gives life the female body as understood through the lens of patriarchy is simultaneously the body open ing on to death.

Can patriarchy, a year old system, actually be overturned? Daly and Lorde were very different people. As an African-american woman in white patriarchy, I am used to having my archetypal experience distorted and trivialized, but it is terribly painful to feel it being done by a woman whose knowledge so touches my own.


Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches – An Open Letter to Mary Daly Summary & Analysis

View the Lesson Plans. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Hi Maat, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

The Uses of Anger: Posted by Kevin Kane at Hi, young feminist here. You have helped me to be aware of different dimensions of existence, and I thank you for this. Or will you be in Boston any time soon? Lessons for the Movement. The letter conveys a challenging tone toward Daly and enumerates the many omissions and distortions Lorde feels Daly has made regarding the issues affecting non-white, non-European women.

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A Biography of Audre Lorde []. Uses of the Erotic: When I dealt with myth I used commonly available sources to find yo were the controlling symbols behind judeo-christian myth in order to trace a direct line to the myths which legitimate the technological horror show. Or will you be in Boston any time soon? Though a full version does not exist online, you can read most of the letter on Google Books: View the Study Pack.

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American Poetry and Feminism: Audre Lorde letter to Mary Daly

How do women learn to discount each other? I hope that future focus will be not so much on Mary Lrtter, Audre Lorde and the past but on our own efforts to eradicate racism. So that means we are either immortal or born to die and no note taken, un-women. DeVeaux wrote about the existence of the letter and what must have been an unsatisfactory encounter between the two women at a conference in late September ; she also speculated on the reasons Lorde chose not to disclose receiving the letter.


Poetry Is Not a Luxury. Whites as a whole have been reluctant to do the work that some whites have done to eradicate racism from white-dominated Left movements, feminism included.

Mary Daly’s letter to Audre Lorde.

My long delay in responding to your letter by no means indicated that I have not been thinking about it — quite the contrary. So I appreciate that you did — Gracias: It was published again in in the seminal women of color feminist anthology, This Bridge Called My Back: My number is …. But simply because so little material on non-white female power and symbol exists in white women’s words from a radical feminist perspective, to exclude this aspect of connection from even comment in your work is to deny the fountain of noneuropean female strength and power that nurtures each of our visions.