The views expressed here bear the mark of more than forty years of the Iron Curtain and the subsequent isolation of the women in the former communist states from the rest of the world. Thus, women from the West and women from the former communist countries react to different experiences, and our knowledge of each other is distorted. 1 We frequently use the same words, the same terms, yet their content is different because different historical experiences underlie the same concept. This difference holds for all East-West negotiations, including our attitudes toward feminism. Please realize that our rejection of many of the ideas supported by feminism is primarily a reaction to our own recent past, as well as to the indoctrination we were subjected to for decades.