Books by Phyllis Chesler
Letters to a Young Feminist is a visionary message from a leading feminist to the generation of feminists -men and women- emerging today. With frankness and candor, Phyllis Chesler discusses the basic aspects of feminism, explains feminism's relevance in a world that is in danger of taking it for granted, and steers the next generation toward reclaiming feminism for itself. Chesler examines sisterhood, sex, families, and motherhood, work, feminist heroism, and the economics of power, providing guidance to the generation to come. Available in paperback and hardcover.
"A generation ago, Phyllis Chesler addressed the world in the clear, spirited voice of a young revolutionary. Now a wise woman, entirely unrepentant, she still speaks with the same ringing clarity."
"Chesler does an admirable job. She writes poignantly of the way in which her generation 'was eerily silent about woman-hating among women, including among feminists.' She implores readers to adopt a more global perspective on women's rights, she urges young women to be unafraid of the repercussions of getting good and angry."
" Feminists young and old have a lot to learn from this book."
"To read this essential handbook is to be reminded that Phyllis Chesler remains one of the great, dazzling philosopher/phrasemakers of both her movement and her time."
"This is a frank assessment of the past and a radical recipe for the future."
"Chesler speaks truth to the emerging generations. If you listen, you will hear her bold love and desire to protect us with hard-earned wisdom and experience."
"This is a warm, personal, political, irresistible guide for young feminists, women and men."
"Chesler offers words to live by and feminist fairytales not to forget. These letters read like mythic words of wisdom whispered in the dead of the night into open, twenty-something feminist ears."
"It's about time somebody set the record straight. This is a splendid book that would make a fine textbook for use in women's studies classes... a wonderful, essential book."
"I intend to give this book to my sixteen-year-old granddaughter, who will know very well how to relate its deep experience and insights into the past to her present and to her imagined future."
"Written in a series of short, conversational letters, this is a sweet, poignant, provocative, smart, wise, book... Her humanity, her crystal-clear logic, won me over and charmed me absolutely. "
"The sweet, clear voice of these Letters should reach across the generation gap like Joshua's trumpet. This is Phyllis Chesler writing at the top of her form."
"Chesler powerfully addresses those lies we tell ourselves. Her heartfelt and unflinching letters come an a welcome antidote... She provides a needed stepping stone, challenging us to continue her generation's world-changing legacy."
I recommend this book be put on the reading list of every American school.
--Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Author of Infidel and Nomad
This is a bold book, intimate and rich in detail… Chesler is a voice crying out for women. She will never stop
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