Women must begin to "save" themselves and their daughters before they "save" their husbands and their sons; before they "save" the whole world.
Women and Madness (2005), pp. 348–349, and Women and Madness (1972), p. 301.
If women take their bodies seriously and ideally we should then its full expression, in terms of pleasure, maternity, and physical strength, seems to fare better when women control the means of production and reproduction. From this point of view, it is simply not in women's interest to support patriarchy or even a fabled "equality" with men. That women do so is more a sign of powerlessness than of any biologically based "superior" wisdom.Phyllis Chesler
To those who think I am suggesting that we have a war between the sexes, I say: but we've always had one ....Phyllis Chesler
I am not saying that a female-dominated or Amazon society based on the oppression of men is any more "just" than is a male-dominated society based on the oppression of women. I am merely pointing out in what ways it is better for women. [¶] Perhaps someday a choice between forms of injustice will not be necessary.Phyllis Chesler
Should or can there be a single standard of behavior for both sexes? Is there such a thing as a biologically rooted female culture that should remain separate from male culture, partly because it is different than or superior to male culture? [¶] Women must convert their love for and reliance on strength and skill in others to a love for all manner of strength and skill in themselves.Phyllis Chesler
Women ... do not have to forsake the "wisdom of the heart" and become men. They need only transfer the primary force of their supportiveness to themselves and to each other but never to the point of self-sacrifice.Phyllis Chesler
Perhaps only some young women, perhaps only a minority of all women, will be able to effect such changes through consciousness alone, through the strength of understanding, which, if transformed into wisdom, always means the performance of necessary actions.Phyllis Chesler