(Texts have been taken from Dr. Chesler’s numerous blogs and letters)
From: The History and Psychological Roots of Anti-Semitism Among Feminists
I became a feminist leader in 1968-1969. I remain one. Most of the other feminists of my generation are no longer engaged in the historical moment.
Are women racists? We might as well ask: Are women human beings?
To do justice to this subject might require another conference. Women have internalized the same prejudices as men have. Like men, women are also sexists and racists. Women are also consummate bystanders at the crossroads where evil meets its prey. The majority feminist view has viewed women as “weak” or “innocent” non-actors, powerless to affect the destiny of nations. This is a fantasy and bears no relationship to reality.
Women are also consummate collaborators. Women try to choose powerful men as protectors. They do not ask them what they do at the office or at the concentration camp.
Girls and women do not usually commit direct, male-style acts of violence. Therefore, the female-perpetrator rates for violent aggression have not increased.
Female-female aggression is indirect and involves slandering, taunting and ostracizing one vulnerable female target, which is what happened in the South Hadley, Mass., tragedy. Often, envy of a girl’s beauty or brains, but just as often, the slightest difference (whether someone is new, an immigrant from another country, or school) will be seized upon by a female clique and treated as a high crime, an opportunity to tribally bond with one another — and as permission to torment the chosen outsider.
FULL ARTICLE: http://www.phyllis-chesler.com/730/mean-girls-too-real
BIO: Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at City University of New York. Today’s comments have been pulled from her blog and previously written articles that cite an ongoing issue of ‘Woman’s Inhumanity To Woman’ . She is an author, psychotherapist and an expert courtroom witness. She has lectured and organized political, legal, religious and human rights campaigns in the United States and in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Dr. Chesler is co-founder of the still ongoing Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974), and is a charter member of the Women’s Forum (1973-74). She is a charter member of the Veteran Feminists of America, a founder and Board member of the International Committee for the Women of the Wall (1989), as well as an affiliated Professor with Haifa and Bar Ilan Universities.
Dr. Chesler’s thirteen books and thousands of articles and speeches have inspired people on many diverse issues. More at www.phyllis-chesler.com
Additional article ‘Violence At School‘