Imagine marrying the person you’re keen on, and then find yourself locked away in a harem that is afghan where your sweetheart alternatively ignores, insults, hits and sexually assaults you.
Then that is amazing years later on, very long after you have contrived your escape to America and won an annulment, he flees their nation and becomes certainly one of your dearest and closest buddies.
This is actually the strange, very nearly unbelievable story that second-wave feminist frontrunner Phyllis Chesler recounts in her own memoir, “An American Bride in Kabul” — a book this is certainly alternately enthralling (whenever she sticks to her individual experience) and irritating (when she wanders too much afield).
Chesler, an emerita teacher of therapy during the university of Staten Island, could be the writer of the 1972 classic, “Women and Madness.” Additionally among her 14 books are studies of infant custody, females and cash and ladies’ “inhumanity to females” — the final partly prompted by her harsh therapy in Kabul.
“we think that my feminism that is american began Afghanistan,” Chesler writes. (more…)