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December 3, 2015 1:35 pm

Western Feminists Have Become ‘Stalinized’ and ‘Palestinianized,’ Says Prominent US Women’s Movement Pioneer (INTERVIEW)

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Feminists for Justice in Palestine spearheads the BDS resolution that was adopted by the NWSA. Photo: Facebook.

Feminists for Justice in Palestine spearheaded the BDS resolution that was adopted by the NWSA. Photo: Facebook.

“The feminism I helped found was based on women’s rights,” leading American feminist Phyllis Chesler told The Algemeiner on Wednesday, a week after the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) voted to join the anti-Israel BDS movement. “The only activism members of the NWSA engage in aims for the destruction of the Jewish state.”

Chesler, professor emerita of psychology and women’s studies at the College of Staten Island (CUNY) and the author of 14 books – most recently An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir (2013), about her 1961 marriage to an Afghani and her time spent in his harem – said that “Western feminists have become totally Stalinized and Palestinianized.”

Chesler was expanding on her recent article, “The Death Knell for Women’s Studies,” lambasting the NWSA for adopting a resolution to align with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel – a move, she asserted,

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is a betrayal of all the girls and women who are being honor killed on the ‘West Bank,’ in Gaza, and in Arab Israel — not by Israelis, but by their own families; a betrayal of all those girls and women who are being forcibly face-veiled, forcibly married as children to their first cousins, forcibly genitally mutilated — not by Israelis, but by their own families.

More important, passing this resolution is a betrayal of all those girls and women — as well as public intellectuals — who are being tortured and murdered by Muslim regimes and by the imposition of Shari’a law in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Indonesia, Nigeria, and in the Gaza Strip under Hamas, and in the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority and Fatah.

The resolution in question was sponsored by Feminists for Justice In/For Palestine, an ad hoc group established at the NWSA annual conference in Puerto Rico in 2014.

Indeed, Chesler said, “These so-called ‘feminist’ academics today are more concerned with the occupation of a country that never existed – ‘Palestine’ — than with the occupation of women’s bodies all over the world. They do not understand that they have joined a totalitarian movement that subjects women and girls to honor killings and the rest of it.”

On the one hand, she explained, “They love championing victims. On the other, they are incapable of doing that when the victimizers are men of color, like Arab Muslims.”

Meanwhile, as watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch revealed this week, the Palestinian Authority Minister of Women’s Affairs (a woman) recently praised the “uniqeness” of women in her society for rejoicing over news of the death of their sons killed while committing stabbing and other acts of terrorism against Israeli Jews.

Minister Haifa Al-Agha also praised women and girls in Palestinian society for taking a more active role in the current terror wave, which some have called the “lone-wolf intifada,” by not merely relying on the boys to do the dirty work.

About this particular form of “gender equality” Chesler said that the triumph of Palestinian men is that they have successfully propagandized women to go against nature – to have no normal feelings towards the loss of a child.

“This is only possible in a society that utterly devalues women,” she said. “But this, of course, is not something the post-colonial academy in the West factors in. There’s no room for it, just as there is no room to factor in Palestinians as terrorists. In this Orwellian universe, it matters only if an Israeli kills a Muslim — never mind that it’s in self-defense; it does not matter if a Sunni kills a Shiite or a Hamas member kills someone from Fatah.”

Why, though, does the NWSA, founded in 1977 to “promote and support the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings,” concern itself mainly with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and ignore the plight of women in the Middle East?

“I don’t consider these women’s studies people feminists,” Chesler said. “Instead of resolutions condemning Islamist policies that harm girls and women, they condemn Israel.”

This, she argued, “is because they are anti-American and anti-Israel reflexively; they don’t know how to talk about the indigenous nature of barbarism. They can’t allow themselves even to comprehend it, because it defies their paradigm. It’s a case of mass brain-washing. We have to think of it as a cult in academia.”

This is true of what Chesler called the “true believers.” Where other, perhaps less ideologically “pure,” women academics are concerned, Chesler explained their refusal to see and “tell the truth, as I have been doing,” as a form of self-protection against losing tenure, funding and friends.

“They don’t dare risk offending the group-think that holds their lives and reputations hostage,” she said.

Chesler, who published The Death of Feminism in 2005, called this phenomenon “beyond hypocrisy. It is a brazen betrayal of our vision of universal human rights. It is multicultural moral relativism that allows Muslim men to get away with murder.”

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  • Ruthie Blum’s article calls a spade a shovel. Taking a historic perspective :Antisemitism originated as a religious hatred (think of the lies of holding Jews responsible for the death of Jesus) then it morphed into a racial hatred (think Hilter and the lies of his aryan race)and now anti-Zionism which is so virulent it even brings Jews into the mob – often referred to as self hating Jews.
    As for the BSD hijacking the NWSA …one day you’ll read that “Santa Claus was a Zionist invention to make people spend more money which will always end up in Jewish pockets”. The skies the limit when you deal with an antisemite.

  • Debbie Scholem

    Ruthie Blum’s article calls a spade a shovel. Taking a historic perspective. Antisemitism originated as a religious hatred (that lies of holding Jews responsible for the death of Jesus) then it morphed into a racial hatred (think Hilter and the lies of his aryan race)and now anti-Zionism which is so virulant it even brings Jews into the mob – often referred to as self hating Jews.
    As for the BSD hijacking the NWSA …one day you’ll read that Santa Claus was a Zionist invention to make people spend more money which will always end up in Jewish pockets. The skies the limit when you deal with an antisemite.

  • I am encouraged to know that Ms. Blum and other writers are shining daylight on the intentional merging of false victimhood narratives into a single, muddled, and very dangerous global movement.

    As with feminism, the radical wing of the American Civil Rights movement has also formed an alliance of misinformation with the Arab Muslims masquerading as Palestinians.

  • Hans Jensen

    Dr. Chesler is hitting the nail on the head. I ve in Sweden. Here the feminists are defending all the “oppression things” that the migrants from the islamic countries put on their women. The feminists simply loooove muslims women’s “rights” to wear hijab and stay home with their children.

    Amazing where they get their ideas from? The Talibans?

  • Robert Davis

    The west has been colonized by the nazi leftwing medias which have been authorized to spread all the lies, historical and political inversions they felt like t rant about, use göbbels’ propaganda, incite violence and continue to do so because of an absence of counter propaganda from the Israeli government and media which are the only ones who can do it on a large scale since pro Israel comments and articles are silenced by the leftwing medias in the west. Anyway we should not help in any way leftwing politics, economy and medias and must let them perish and vanish away which will happen soon. Rightwing parties are gaining momentun in the west everywhere and hopefully stalinist and nazi leftwing will soon end up in the rubbish bins.

  • Women become feminists when they have no success to be feminine. These female supporters of BDS and Islam have hairy legs shaped like rabbit bellies, no wonder no men looks at them, except Islamic butchers.

  • Both Stalin and che guvara wanted equal rights for women but supported a wrong movement. So today their own russia would not want this sort of radicals and bomb their cousins in iraq.

  • RC

    First, feminism is Cultural Marxism–and it has its roots in Sodomy–the first ‘feminists’ were Sodomites. These are wicked people–profoundly mentally ill–don’t expect anything good from them. There is nothing unusual in Marxists hating Israel and Jewry.

  • Paul Cerar

    “Western feminists have become Stalinized”? I think “Satanized” would be a better word.

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • nelson marans

    The American public should be tired of the pseudo academicians who apparently have no knowledge of history nor the role of women under Islam. Islam is in direct opposition to the feminist movement, while in Israel, women are treated equally.

  • Isaac Brajtman

    Get this published in all mainstream news media. Not good enough to publish here with its selective readers

  • Frumious Falafel

    Fantastic article Ruthie Blum! I love both your and Phyllis Chesler’s work. To read an article where both of you are speaking eloquently against this growing academic “cult” is both sad and refreshing.

    It’s refreshing in the way that Chesler was blunt and handled this issue in a no-holds’ barred way. No beating around the bush here. She says — and I think we all agree — that these academic associations are very much exhibiting “groupthink” as we understand it from Orwell. No Liberal Arts grad student or Post-doc wants to jeopardize their career for saying the wrong thing at one of these witch-burning ceremonies. And frankly, I don’t blame them much at all. Their survival is on the line.

    But I do think this (in part) points towards the diminishing respect our (or any) country will pay people like this. Their stock will continue to fall and ever fewer parents will be willing to fork over tens of thousands of dollars for a Liberal Arts Degree — especially one in a witch-hunting major like “Women’s Studies.” They are bringing about their own end in this manner.

    There is something uniquely debasing when a woman praises fellow women in rejoicing at the death of their own children.

    — FF

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