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By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev

Feminism and Psychiatric Diagnosis

| October 27, 2009

Much is written about mental illness, but alas, rarely from a feminist perspective. As a feminist therapist, I found the last issue of The Women’s Building News on mental illness as a feminist issue to be well-written and timely. I thought Janet Chassman’s article was an excellent overview of many of the issues, and the […]


| June 30, 2009

Passings By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev It is a season of passings. When controversial radical feminist writer Andrea Dworkin died last year, a friend said she "didn’t recognize her name." I guess that’s every writer’s dream: for your ideas to outlive your name. The passing of Connie Panzarino and Mary Francis Platt did not make […]

Ageing into Feminism

| June 30, 2009

Ageing into Feminism By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev This article was originally written for Off Our Backs, celebrating its 35th year as a feminist publication. It was not accepted for publication there, which I think speaks to my tenuous relationship with mainstream feminist voices, and whose words are silenced. It has since been published in […]

Transracial Queer Adoption

| June 30, 2009

Trans-Racial Queer Families 02.16.01 By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev This is an except from “No Place Like Home” published in Jess Wells (Ed.) HomeFronts: Controversies in the Nontraditional Parenting CommunityLA: Alyson Publications. (2000) Since many LGBT families are choosing trans-racial adoption, the faces of our community are increasingly filled with multi-racial families. This is yet […]

Our Bodies Our Selves

| June 30, 2009

Our Bodies Our Selves By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev My original copy of OBOS is tattered and torn, and yellow with age. I read the original in my late teens or early 20’s and the chapter called "In America They Call us Dykes" astonished and titillated me. I stared at the picture of the strong, […]