Phyllis Chesler (born October 1, 1940) is an American writer, psychotherapist, and professor emerita of psychology and women's studies at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). She is known as a feminist psychologist, and is the author of 14 books, including the best-seller Women and Madness (1972), About Men (1978), With Child: A Diary of Motherhood (1979), Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody (1986), Sacred Bond: the Legacy of Baby M (1988), and the recent publications Woman's Inhumanity to Woman (2002), Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism's Holy Site (2002), The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It (2003), The Death of Feminism (2005), and a 25th Anniversary Edition of Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody (2011) with eight new chapters and a new introduction. Her work has been translated into many European languages, as well as into Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
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“Goddesses never die. They slip in and out of the worlds cities, in and out of our dreams, century after century, answering to different names, dressed differently, perhaps even disguised, perhaps idle and unemployed, their official altars abandoned, their temples feared or simply forgotten.”
—Phyllis Chesler (b. 1941)