By Mary Daly, The New Yorker, February 26, 1996
EVER since childhood, I have been honing my skills for living the life of a Radical Feminist Pirate and cultivating the Courage to Sin. The word "sin" is derived from the Indo-European root "es-," meaning "to be." When I discovered this etymology, I intuitively understood that for a woman trapped in patriarchy, which is the religion of the entire planet, "to be" in the fullest sense is "to sin." Women who are Pirates in a phallocratic society are involved in a complex operation. First, it is necessary to Plunder--that is, righteously rip off--gems of knowledge that the patriarchs have stolen from us. Second, we must Smuggle back to other women our Plundered treasures. In order to invent strategies that will be big and bold enough for the next millennium, it is crucial that women share our experiences: the chances we have taken and the choices that have kept us alive. They are my Pirate's battle cry and wake-up call for women who want to hear.
Interview with Mary Daly:
The Wickedary is the fifth of Mary Daly's books. In it she gives a comprehensive account of her philosophy by offering an alternative vocabulary. Using capitalization, Meta-etymologies, and cross-referencing to guide the reader's experience of her philosophy. The reader is submerged in radical feminist ontology.
The online Wickedary:
Sample Words from the Wickedary (from mdaly.com):
ACADEMENTIA n: normal state of persons in academia, marked by varying and progressive degrees; irreversible deterioration of faculties of intellectuals
BORED, CHAIRMAN OF THE n: any bore-ocratically appointed bore who occupies a chair--a position which enables him to bore others all the more
COCKALORUM n: a self-important little cock. Examples: Napoleon, Andy Warhol, Fiorello La Guardia, Mickey Mouse
COCK-AND-BULL STORY n: patriarchal history
CRONE n: Great Hag of History, long-lasting one; Survivor of the perpetual witchcraze of patriarchy
POSITIVELY REVOLTING HAG: a stunning, beauteous Crone; one who inspires positive revulsion from phallic institutions and morality, inciting Others to Acts of Pure Lust