In a number of ways, her thoughts are outdated and would offend contemporary feminists; and yet, in some ways, her concerns with the feminism of her own day were validated and are common points of agreement with later feminisms.
But no more than that.And yet, I wonder if Sayers insistence might have something to say to today's identity politics? She considered doctrinal questions The Mind of the Maker, and reflected on Christian living and belief Creed or Chaos? If a woman wants to be a firefighter she should have to fulfill the same physical requirements as a man who would want to. Unusually gifted, she could speak and read Latin by the age of seven, learned French from her governess, and published her first book, a volume of verse, at twenty-three. An example: "Man dresses as he chooses, and Woman to please him; and if Woman says she ever does otherwise, he knows better, for she is not human, and may not give evidence on her own behalf. Instead I got a volume of barely 75 pages composed of two essays and an introduction so full of common sense that it hardly took any time to read at all. Thoughts on Christianity and the Church after Christendom. But I could not ignore the shelf in the library where several other volumes of Sayers's work silently waited. You would think that, 72 years later, it would seem dated and irrelevant. I felt I simply had to have another novel to read; it relaxed my brain at the end of a stressful day of classes and study. For the next dozen or so years, Sayers wrote prolifically about Wimsey, creating in the process what many critics of the genre consider to be the finest detective novels in the English language.
Well, okay, a tiny bit. It prized a woman who had an "empty head and idle hands" and simultaneously sexualized and demoralized her by limiting her to the home: "When to think about sex is indelicate for a woman, and to think about anything else is unfeminine.
She was a skilled translator, producing translations of Tristan in Brittany and the Song of Roland from the medieval French.
So, for example, it is reasonable to say that women as a class tend to have smaller bones than men as a class. Sayers points out that sermons about Martha and Mary tend to correctly point out that Mary is doing what Jesus desires being a disciple like any other and yet as soon as men leave the pew, they expect their women to be Marthas.
Around Sayers developed the idea for her detective hero Lord Peter Wimsey, and she soon published her first mystery, Whose Body? That very [End Page ] afternoon, I went to the university library and by some stroke of good fortune, found a shelf full of the work of Dorothy L.
This is an idealized position.