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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Hi, young feminist here. So thanks for addressing these. Poetry Is Not a Luxury.

Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich. You each have been so influential in the shaping of my feminist views. Without our founding mothers, where would we be? The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action. Cancel reply Enter your comment here Shortly after Daly received a copy of her letter from DeVeaux, she called friends and colleagues asking them to help make this information more widely known. It is interesting to watch the interworkings of feminism, especially during this time period, when even the strongest minds in feminism could not seem to wrap their heads around a solid definition of the movement.

I hope that future focus will be not so much on Mary Daly, Audre Lorde and the past but on our own efforts to eradicate racism.

Daly and Lorde were qudre different people. Or will you be in Boston any time soon?


Very interesting and insightful post and responses. Order our Sister Outsider: So grateful that you appreciate the blog and are sharing your thoughts.

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Because parts of the letter itself may be difficult to read, I am also posting lordd transcription. Thank you, Gina, for taking the time to correct this widely-held misperception. And I look forward to reading what you have to say in detail. Lessons for the Movement. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: May the strength of all the Goddesses be with you — Mary.

An American Disease in Blackface. When I dealt with myth I used commonly available mqry to find what were the controlling symbols behind judeo-christian myth in order to trace a direct line to the myths which legitimate the technological horror show. I called and left a message on your machine. You have helped me to be aware of different dimensions of existence, and I thank you for this.

To have access to the category is to already be a part of a human family which has understood itself for the whole of modernity as that which is not Black. 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. First, I want to thank you for sending me The Black Unicorn. I know you had a close relationship with Daly and can appreciate that your personal connection with her made commenting difficult.


Clearly, women who have a sincere interest in understanding and discussing this book have an obligation to read not only the statements of critics but also the book itself, and to think about it.

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Essays and Speeches from Amazon. Where would I look to, say, study the original copies? How could people throw Japanese Americans into internment camps? My long delay in responding to your letter by no means indicated that I have not been thinking about it — quite the contrary.

Majak Bredell November 12, at The blood of black women sloshes from coast to coast and Daly says race is of no concern to women. I think we have to remember that there may have been a lot competition between all the major feminists of that day. This is not a rhetorical question. When our elders listen to us, take our concerns seriously, and remind us where we came from, we are stronger for it.

When I dealt with myth I used commonly available sources to find what were the controlling symbols behind judeo-christian myth in order to trace a direct line to the myths which legitimate the technological horror show.