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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View the Study Pack. Lorde had commented on this issue over the years and aude claimed in an interview that if she had received a response from Dalyshe would not have published her critique as an open letter. And Maat, this can seem like ancient herstory… kind of like the way I felt about Alger Hiss and the pumpkin papers when I was a kid, but everything has a context. Though a full version does not exist online, you can read most of the letter on Google Books: To amry out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Many of them moved me very deeply — others seemed farther from my own experience.

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. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! View a FREE sample. A Black Lesbian Feminist’s Response.


The way that feminists work with diversity and across borders of all kinds is so important. Mary Daly’s letter to Audre Lorde. This being said, you are llorde that attention should be focused on the future and how to eradicate racism and all injustice.

Thanks so much for the additional info — and I agree, what a terrific week of discussion!

American Poetry and Feminism: Audre Lorde letter to Mary Daly

If the issue were dead, there would be no reason to beat a dead horse so to speak. Lorde writes with such eloquent conviction, that one would think it inconceivable not to respond to such a powerful questioning of intention.

She makes this very point in a February interview published in Off Our Backs: She later published and republished slightly altered versions of her originally personal letter to me in anthologies…. Women Responding to Racism.

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But I frequntly hear young feminists say that earlier white feminists were racists, sometimes mentioning Mary Daly as an example. 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.


So the question arises in my mind, Mary, do you ever really read the work of black women?

Wow, I agree dly is really interesting. Ana September 12, at 4: Carol, I am so looking forward to reading your post this Friday!

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 maey solid definition of the movement. And I look forward to more thinking and seeking after Justice in this wonderful space.

Mary Daly’s Letter to Audre Lorde

However, Daly does just that. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Sister Outsider: Newer Post Older Post Home. Hope to see you and talk with you soon. Notes from a Trip to Russia. Since I have a lot to do here, I had thought of just flying down Friday morning and returning that night. I will be commenting audrf in my blog on Friday.

The blood of black women sloshes from coast to coast and Daly says race is of no concern to women.