Part Two: The Diary of Mary Taylor Summary
Part two of Boylan’s “The history of a radical leader” provides details of the life of Mary Taylor, a fictional character portraying the life of a woman living in the U.S in the late sixties. It mainly highlights the challenges of being a woman during that time, the disparities between men and women, and the upper-hand advantage men had in surviving.
Mary Taylor is a feminist who hates the guts of men. She believes that society encourages women to be dominated by men, and white women’s plight is relatively the same as that of black people, or even worse. Mary is determined to change the plight of women and does not want to identify only as a woman against men, hence deciding not to join the feminist groups. She believed that one could be mistaken as a lesbian in such groups, not her goal. She is not against men; she wants a world where men and women are viewed as equals and are treated in the same manner.
She decides to join T-Rx’s camp. T-Rx is a leader she believes understands the problems that she goes through, and they are fighting for the same goals. T-Rx does not necessarily fight for women exactly, but the underprivileged. He fights for an all-inclusive world and considers everybody, regardless of race and gender, as equally deserving of respect and opportunities. During this era, slavery was still rife, and blacks were adversely affected.
Mary decides to join the public service upon T-Rx’s death. T-Rx’s right-hand man, Mad Dog, is accused of killing him and Mary no longer has somebody that she looks up to. However, Mary stays true to herself and her belief that women can choose a path to their life, independent of men, without selling themselves and their souls to men.
Boylan, Michael. T-Rx: The history of a radical leader. PWI Books, 2019.
Lord, Carnes. Aristotle’s “Politics”. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013.