Long-awaited revenge

Just landing in my inbox is a piece recalling Mary Daly’s “The End of God the Father: A little castration is called for if we are ever to get away from phallus-centered faith,” an article from 1972, which is appropriate really, since I’ve just returned from seeing Linda Marlowe’s very fine Believe, in which the women of the Old Testament really, really get their revenge on malekind. My review is on My London Your London – but in short: go and see it if you possibly can.

2 Comments

  • John Norris
    January 19, 2008 - 4:58 pm | Permalink

    There are arguments for women, and against men. But this is just man-hating, presented as “entertainment”. As such it can claim to be in a tradition of feminist writing, but I don’t believe it to be particularly edifying.

    John Norris

  • January 19, 2008 - 11:32 pm | Permalink

    I think that seeing a character who is a woman (Rahab) who is sexually abused as a child, then forced into prostitution, and treated with contempt by the men and women of the city finally stand up for herself, is a legitimate thing to celebrate – better anyway than the play last week, in which the women turn the abuse in on themselves, and hurt themselves as a way of dealing with the pain.

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