BOSTON, Feb. 26 – Putting her career on the line, a renowned feminist philosopher at Boston College is refusing to accept two male students for a course called “Introduction to Feminist Ethics.”

Mary Daly, a 70-year-old tenured associate professor and self-described radical, contends the young men’s presence would be distracting and disruptive to female students engaged in emotional and intellectual feminist debates. In the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s, when she began teaching at the Jesuit college, Daly refuses to back down, opting for a leave of absence in the face of an ultimatum from the administration: Teach men along with women or stop teaching.

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