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The Death of Feminism: What's Next in the Struggle for Women's Freedom Paperback – Bargain Price, October 31, 2006
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Chesler, an active member of the women's movement for four decades, makes a serious charge against her sisters: she feels they have abandoned their commitment to freedom and feminist values, and "become cowardly herd animals and grim totalitarian thinkers." Chesler (Women and Madness) takes liberal feminists to task for not speaking out against what she sees as the most important threat to Western freedom: Islamic terrorism. She has penned a cross between a cri de coeur and a deeply rhetorical polemic that makes scores of provocative points, but because of sometimes offhanded scholarship (e.g., listing unsourced news items as research), a proclivity for overgeneralizing and an anecdotal approach to arguing, will probably fail to win over readers who don't already agree with her. Her sense of urgency leads her to paint, with broad strokes, a frightening portrait of current U.S. academic and political culture: the campuses, she says, have "bred a new and diabolical McCarthyism" spearheaded by leftists and approvingly quotes a feminist scholar saying that "women's studies has become... the most retrograde of disciplines" because of its single-minded reliance on postmodern theory. As in her last book, The New Anti-Semitism, Chesler raises important issues, but her style will alienate the very people she means to reach. (Nov. 5)
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"In The Death of Feminism Phyllis Chesler explores a system of 'Islamic gender apartheid' both East and West and throughout the world now. At first it seems simple, then it grows more complex and involuntary and eventually becomes diabolic in its curtailment of every woman's human rights. She knows whereof she speaks: in a chapter entitled 'My Afghan Captivity' Phyllis describes how she herself was held hostage to reactionary custom as a young bride. Had her pregnancy been known she would never have escaped. But she survived, and in telling her story she is sounding a warning to the West which, in the fullness of multi-cultural relativism, it ignores to its peril."--Kate Millett, author of Sexual Politics and Flying
"Phyllis Chesler has lived a fascinating, engaged, and passionate life. In this book she has written about two worlds she knows intimately: feminism and Islam. Her text is about the latter's war against women and the former's war against itself. If you read this book, it will change the way you think about both."--David Horowitz, author of Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left
"With passionate eloquence, one of the founders of modern feminism indicts Western feminists for their indifference to the plight of women oppressed under reactionary Islam. The Death of Feminism is a fearless act of truth-telling."--David Frum, co-author of An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror
"Phyllis Chesler supplies what has been conspicuously lacking since 9/11: a call to women to defend their equality and dignity as human beings against a foe that short-sighted advocates of political correctness have given a pass--despite its obvious threat to them. Here, she speaks out fearlessly, passionately, and profoundly against the dehumanization of women that is institutionalized in Islamic Sharia law and manifested in innumerable ways in Islamic societies--as well as among Muslim immigrants to Western countries. This book should not be missed by any feminist, but not only feminists: Chesler sounds a call that every man and woman in the Western world should heed before it's too late."--Robert Spencer, author of Islam Unveiled and Onward Muslim Soldiers
"With great talent and in a vivid style, Phyllis Chesler observes every aspect of today's American culture, politics, and society through a feminist lens. This enlightening picture unveils the most dramatic domestic and international problems of our times, including that of Islamic gender apartheid, analyzed by a politically incorrect and daring lover of truth."--Bat Ye'or, pioneering researcher on dhimmitude and author of Eurabia (2005) and Islam and Dhimmitude (2001)
"Phyllis Chesler has written a brave and passionate book. Let the hypocrites she denounces on the feminist Left and their politically correct allies quail."--Hillel Halkin, author of Letters to an American Jewish Friend, Across the Sabbath River, and A Strange Death
"Ms. Chesler's book is a welcome critique of the Feminist Left's willful and shameful neglect of their sisters' plight in the Islamic World. Rejecting cultural relativism or political correctness, Ms. Chesler paints a depressing but truthful picture of the world that women under Islam have to live in. One hopes Ms. Chesler's book will bring about not only a change in attitudes but some sort of political and social action on behalf of women suffering because of the totalitarian and misogynistic tenets of Islam."--Ibn Warraq, author of, most recently, Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out
"Intense, rapid, brilliant. A pioneer contribution."--Adrienne Rich, front page of The New York Times Book Review
"Passionate and powerful...constitutes essential reading."--Natan Sharansky, author of The Case for Democracy
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Move forward to today. . .
Sexual slavery in Islam? . . . . . . Not a word
Forced marriage in Islam . . . .. .. Not a word
Honor killings ? . . . . .. . . . . .. . . .Not a word
Stoning of women (raped) . . .. . . Not a word
Breast cancer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The only medical research that should be done!
Ovarian Cancer. . . . . . . . . . .. . .Well maybe this too. .
VOTE for OBAMA. . . . . . . . . . . Constant droning
VOTE for Hillary. . . . . .. . . . . . The new battle call
Men are Sexist. . . . . . . . .. . . . ..The standard battle call
The male dominated. . .patriarchal . . . keeps women down. . . ENDLESS DRONING
The point is that Feminism today claims to speak for all women. . . Yet they do not speak for anyone not progressive, not leftist, not engaged in Misandry (man hating) and certainly not islamic women who may be beaten by their husbands at will, taken for sex at thier husbands will, divorced by the husband proclaiming "I divorce you" three times, oh and by the way, in Islam, a divorced woman never gets the children. .
So, Yeah, Feminism was killed and lost all legitimacy years ago. I know many will disagree but Phyllis Chesler points out how some of these things came about. A good read if you actually care about the plight of women.
Anybody who has been paying any attention at all over the past 20 years, and who has remaining even a shred of capacity for independent thinking, must know that Chesler's description of Muslim society is accurate. Still, it is a shock to see the picture that emerges as she puts together so many pieces.
If ever there was a Must Read, this is it.
The story of her personal captivity (1961) as a wife in the family of a high status clan in Afghanistan is compelling both as a genesis of her feminist ideals and in understanding her sympathetic compassion that leads her to speaking out on this subject now. I appreciate that she neither belabors this frightening episode nor displays her views as an ongoing vendetta. Even more, I like her healthy balance and attempts at rapprochement across the political spectrum for the greater good. We could use more of that!
There is much to add to this subject. For example, Chesler touches on Muslim women who are speaking out. But to do it justice that's a subject of another book. This one is packed with enough to read it twice and I highly recommend you do!