Review: ‘An US Bride in Kabul’ by Phyllis Chesler

Review: ‘An US Bride in Kabul’ by Phyllis Chesler

Imagine marrying the guy you’re keen on, and then find yourself locked away in a Afghan harem, where your sweetheart alternatively ignores, insults, hits and sexually assaults you.

Then that is amazing years later, even after you have contrived your escape to America and won an annulment, he flees their nation and becomes certainly one of your closest and dearest buddies.

This is basically the strange, very nearly unbelievable tale that second-wave feminist leader Phyllis Chesler recounts inside her memoir, “An US Bride in Kabul” — a book this is certainly alternatively enthralling (whenever she sticks to her individual experience) and irritating (when she wanders too much afield).

Chesler, an emerita professor of psychology during the College of Staten Island, may be the author of the 1972 classic, “Women and Madness.” Additionally among her 14 publications are studies of infant custody, ladies and cash and ladies’ “inhumanity to females” — the final partly motivated by her harsh therapy in Kabul.

“I believe that my feminism that is american began Afghanistan,” Chesler writes. The nation nevertheless had been laboring under just what Chesler calls “gender apartheid. in 1961, during her sojourn” Despite efforts at modernization, a lot of women wore burqas that covered them from top to bottom, and ladies’ life were mainly managed by males.

It was an extraordinarily strange and setting that is inappropriate an committed young woman from a Jewish Orthodox household in Brooklyn. Just a misbegotten mixture of intimate love and judgment that is bad have gotten her there.

Chesler satisfies her husband that is future, in university, where their attraction (he could be Muslim but apparently secular) has got the attraction regarding the forbidden. The scion of a rich and prominent household, he’s an aspiring film and movie movie theater manager whom encourages her writing and treats her jordanian dating as the same. Continue reading “Review: ‘An US Bride in Kabul’ by Phyllis Chesler”