Ariel Chesler is an attorney and writer in New York. He lives with his wife and two daughters, and one cat. He is the son of feminist author and psychologist Phyllis Chesler.

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Missing From Star Wars Toy Sets: Female Characters

A father explains his difficulty in finding female superhero toys for his daughters, and how that reflects (poorly) on broader sexism in our society.
Ariel Chesler    |   09.7.16 12am   |   SHARE
Shulevitz thus calls for a feminism — one that she calls “caregiverism” — that “demand[s] dignity and economic justice for parents dissatisfied with a few weeks of unpaid parental leave.” Image: Thinkstock.

If Childcare Is The Key To Gender Equality And Parental Happiness, Can We Get It Now?

Judith Shulevitz recently noted in the New York Times that although “unmarried childless women have overcome every barrier to opportunity you can think of... Mothers, on the other hand, aren’t doing... Read...
Ariel Chesler    |   08.12.16 12am   |   SHARE

How The War On Women Hurts Men, Too

It’s perhaps obvious how women are hurt when those in power do not view their lives and interests as equal and have no empathy for them: Their reproductive rights, their economic rights, and their... Read...
Ariel Chesler    |   12.11.15 12am   |   SHARE

The War On Women: How Politics And Engendering Culture Hurt Our Children

When thinking about how we’ve reached a place where anti-woman sentiment is on the rise in our politics, public life, and culture, I suggest we begin with our children.
Ariel Chesler    |   12.1.15 12am   |   SHARE

Performing Black Masculinity: Reflections On A Jewish Boy's Youth

Our perceptions of black masculinity are based on myths white men created to dehumanize black men. But we are captive to these myths inasmuch as we desire to make this imagined black masculinity our... Read...
Ariel Chesler    |   06.25.15 2am   |   SHARE

What Fathers Really Want For Father's Day

For starters, fathers want culture and media to take us seriously as parents. After all, it is 2015. We should be way past the bumbling Mr. Mom stereotype. Fathers are just as capable of diapering,... Read...
Ariel Chesler    |   06.19.15 2am   |   SHARE

Is Sherri Shepherd Wrongly Being Forced Into Motherhood?

The former View host is embroiled in a court case raising challenging questions about parental responsibilities.
Ariel Chesler    |   04.24.15 11am   |   SHARE

The Myth Of Jewish Privilege

The failure to grapple with the complexities of anti-semitism perpetuates a hierarchy of oppression.
Ariel Chesler    |   04.19.15 9am   |   SHARE

Reading Books About Women Made Me A Better Man

Let's be clear: There is no such thing as a boy book or a girl book.
Ariel Chesler    |   03.3.15 6am   |   SHARE

Gender Limitations In Pretend Play—And How Allison Williams Helped Me As A Father

Despite the swordplay failings in Peter Pan Live , I must applaud NBC for removing a brick in my daughter's gender wall.
Ariel Chesler    |   02.10.15 1am   |   SHARE