"Yet rather than calling the earliest religions, which embraced such an open acceptance of all human sexuality, 'fertility cults', we might consider the religions of today as strange in that they seem to associate shame and even sin with the very process of conceiving new human life. Perhaps centuries from now scholars and historians will be classifying them as 'sterility cults."
- Merlin Stone ("When God was a Woman")
On 23 February 2011, sculptor, professor in art and art history, and feminist author, Merlin Stone, passed away. She was 80 years of age and had been suffering a long illness along with complications due to dementia.