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Phyllis Chesler

An American Bride in Kabul Speaks to Lilith

Phyllis Chesler | Posted 10.26.2015 | Women
Phyllis Chesler

I find it interesting that a number of feminists who are neither activists nor pioneers are genuinely upset by the fact that I continued a twice-yearly relationship with my former Afghan husband once he and his family fled the Soviet invasion in 1979-1980.

The Great American Custody Wars

Phyllis Chesler | Posted 10.23.2015 | Divorce
Phyllis Chesler

I have been battling the Great American Custody Wars ever since the mid-1970s. I could not believe what was happening to mothers then -- and when I broke the news, in the 1980s, few people believed me.

What Role Should Men Play In Feminism? 5 Men Weigh In

Ravishly | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women

The fight for equality among all genders, races and sexual orientations requires just that same rainbow of people who want change -- and this includes men.

5 Notable Women On The True Importance Of Feminism

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Feminism has become the word du jour. But what's its message? Its goals? Why is it so divisive?

Letter to an Older Feminist Who Happens to Be Named Phyllis Chesler Who Happens to Be My Mom

Ariel Chesler | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Ariel Chesler

I am a feminist because as a man it is painful to see society devalue my mother, my wife, my daughters, and my female friends. I am a feminist because patriarchal rules limit and dehumanize men too, replacing genuine human emotions with violence and anger.

Family Feuds, Wild East Style

Phyllis Chesler | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Phyllis Chesler

I was once married to a westernized Afghan man whom I had dated for two years at college. I was only 18 when we first met. I blithely followed him to Kabul where I suddenly found myself held captive in a polygamous family for five long months.