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A powerful and revealing memoir about the pioneers of modern-day feminism

Phyllis Chesler is a pioneer of Second Wave Feminism. Chesler and the women who came out swinging between 1963-1975, integrated the want ads, brought class action lawsuits on behalf of economic discrimination, opened rape crisis lines and shelters for battered women, held marches and sit-ins for abortion and equal rights, famously took over offices and buildings, and pioneered high profile Speak-outs. They began the first-ever national and international public conversations about birth control and abortion, sexual harassment, violence against women, female orgasm, and a woman’s right to kill in self-defense.

Now, Chesler has stories to tell. The feminist movement has changed over the years, but Chesler was close to other pioneers, including Andrea Dworkin, Flo Kennedy, Kate Millett, and Gloria Steinem. These women were fierce forces of nature, smoldering figures of sin and soul, rock stars and action heroes in real life. Some had been viewed as whores, witches, and madwomen, but were changing the world and becoming major players in history. In A Politically Incorrect Feminist, Chesler introduces us to some of feminism's major players—and to the issues which drove them into world-changing action.

Praise for A Politically Incorrect Feminist:

"In A Politically Incorrect Feminist, Phyllis Chesler vividly recounts the glory days of the women’s movement of the 1960s and ’70s, of which she was a prominent leader...Chesler gave a voice to the vulnerable, including psychiatric patients, mothers deprived of child custody, and abused and prostituted women. In the culture of balkanized fundamentalisms in which we currently live, Chesler’s critique of the feminist movement she helped build is both brave and painfully relevant. Chesler writes in her authentic, jargon-free voice, telling it like it was. She’s as passionate a freethinking feminist as she ever was. Nowadays, freethinking may be one of the few bulwarks against the thought police of the left and the proto-fascist lies of the right. Chesler’s genius is her refusal to submit to tribalism." -- Los Angeles Review of Books, Miriam Greenspan

"Very tough going (alas, women are human, warts and all), but a Need-to-Read.” - Margaret Atwood

“Phyllis Chesler stands out among women in general and feminists in particular. In this dark age of identity politics, when the rights of millions of women are sacrificed at the altar of intersectionality, Phyllis Chesler keeps us all focused on universal human rights for all women. This book is a must-read for all people who truly care about the rights of women.” -Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of Infidel

"Chesler delves into the dark places that have sullied the feminist dream but also into the jewels of friendship, truthtelling, and history making. Chesler tells the stories of many feminists in all their complicated humanity... including, bravely, her own." -Paula J. Caplan, author of The Myth of Women's Masochism

This rather wry reprisal of her life both entertains and educates. The chapter "Sorely “Afflicted Feminist Geniuses" is unusually candid, bold, and fair.  The obituary of the late great Kate Millett is eye-opening and worthy of praise in itself. Both phenomenal and highly relevant internationally. - Linda Clarke, Author of On A Planet Sailing West

"An original, invaluable, and fast-paced story about how the daughter of working-class Jewish immigrants became a pioneer leader in America's struggle for women's rights. In riveting detail, Chesler recounts major feminist lawsuits in which she was personally involved. A brilliant and controversial read." -Alan M. Dershowitz, author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law

Lest feminism become another casualty of left-wing politics gone off the rails, Chesler comes in as Wonder Woman and saves it, for the next generation and the next, and the next." - Rhoda Kadalie, former South African Human Rights Commissioner

"This work is monumental. It is staggeringly good. Chesler captures us all: the women's movement, the quest for racial equality, nationally and globally." -Barbara Joans, author of Bike Lust: Harleys, Women, and American Society

"Dr. Chesler recaptures both the glory of feminist awakening and the audacity and passion of her early writings that inspired so many women and brought her fame. With the wisdom of age, she seeks balance, generosity, but not acceptance; her indignation on behalf of oppressed women, and her vision of liberation, are still as passionate as ever." -Judy L. Herman, author of Trauma and Recovery

This is history in the raw. Without genuflecting to cults of personality or the collective narratives of the media, Chesler shines her laser analytic intelligence on the creativity, brilliant insights, heroic actions and sacrifices of the women who led and defined the greatest social movement of the 20th century. A deeply inspiring and relevant antidote to women of all ages everywhere. - Merle Hoffman, Author of Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman who brought Abortion from the back alley into the Boardroom

Phyllis Chesler’s memoir is a most important part of the historical record. It discusses our major struggles, but also elucidates issues other feminists haven't touched on, or have glossed over.  She names names, and gives us the details. What’s new in Chesler’s memoir is the assertion that mental illness plagued a significant number of the leading figures of the women’s movement. Chapter 11 itself is worth the price of the book. - Martha Shelley, Author of The Throne in the Heart of the Sea

"Marvelous. Outrageous, brilliant, and courageous, Chesler is the perfect person to guide us into the nuances and complexities of feminist activities in the 1970s and how we are not finished yet in the 21st century..I couldn’t put it down." -Lenore Walker, Author, The Battered Woman

Dr. Phyllis Chesler has written a gang-buster tell-all in her delicious biographical work, A Politically Incorrect Feminist. A good amount of what she reveals inside these pages is indeed politically incorrect, as Dr. Chesler, in her inimitable style here and elsewhere, refreshingly calls things the way she sees them, no-holds-barred. She lays bare the genius, the charm, and the sheer insanity of the biggest names in the feminist movement, women who set the world on fire, women who transformed society while they battled amongst themselves and suffered nervous breakdowns. Reading this book is like being given a front row seat and a panoramic view to witness one of the most exciting eras of recent history, as narrated by someone who sat at the center of the inner circle. I read almost the entire book in one long sitting. I love, love, love this book. - Mo Therese Hannah PhD

“The author of Women and Madness (1972) constructs a highly entertaining account...never boring, Chesler’s memoir will raise more than a few hackles.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Chesler’s honest approach, oscillating between personal narrative and social criticism, illustrates the individual trials and triumphs that go into the formation of a nationwide movement."” -Publisher's Weekly

About Phyllis Chesler

Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology at City University of New York. She is a best-selling author, a legendary feminist leader, a retired psychotherapist and expert courtroom witness. She has lectured and organized political, legal, religious, and human rights campaigns in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, and the Far East. Her work has been translated into many European languages and into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Hebrew.

Dr. Chesler is a co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969), as well as...

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