Phyllis Chesler

Phyllis Chesler

The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is for Good Women to Do Nothing

The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is for Good Women to Do Nothing

In my pre-feminist days, sexual harassment and rape were so common, so pervasive, so accepted, that they were virtually invisible. The shame clung to the victim or to the whistle-blower; the abuser almost never experienced any consequences for his actions. In fact, he was rarely named and when he was

Phyllis Chesler
Phyllis Chesler
Feminism
Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America

Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America

Margaret Atwood, whose work I have long admired, is now being hailed as a prophet. It is quite the phenomenon. According to the pundits, Atwood’s 1985 work, The Handmaid’s Tale, which Mary McCarthy once savaged, and the recently-published 2019 sequel, The Testaments, are dystopias which aptly describe the

Phyllis Chesler
Phyllis Chesler
Books
The End of an Era—A Feminist Firebrand Looks Back

The End of an Era—A Feminist Firebrand Looks Back

After 9/11, I felt as if the Afghanistan I’d fled so long ago had followed me right into the future and into the West. That distant and dangerous country began to dominate American and European headlines. Muslim women started wearing burqas (head, face, and body coverings) and niqabs

Phyllis Chesler
Phyllis Chesler
Barbara Seaman