THE NEW WAY TO BECOME THE PERSON YOU'D LIKE TO BE by Edythe & Jane Sorensen Cudlipp

THE NEW WAY TO BECOME THE PERSON YOU'D LIKE TO BE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

CR"" is short for consciousness raising which is in itself a shorthand term for what happens when groups of people (not only feminists) get together to ""give testimony"" and rap in a semi-structured way about their common roles and common oppression. Cudlipp and Sorensen enthusiastically recommend CR as a technique for men, women, old people, the handicapped and even the warring Catholics and Protestants of Northern Ireland. But though they are clear about what CR is not (a form of therapy) and cite many examples of negative experiences caused by lack of direction, they are reluctant to define terms or to pronounce on the importance of trained leadership. And they certainly underestimate the difficulties of transferring a technique that works within the framework of the feminist movement to other situations. As it is, the basic rules and lists of suggested topics don't go substantially beyond those available from NOW and the Radical Feminists; however, the typical group scenarios they present will be raw material -- perhaps the best available -- for consciousness raisers willing to learn from experience. CR is a do-it-yourself enterprise and perhaps doesn't lend itself to rigid guidelines, but even the most determined self-starters could use a little less support and a little more structure.

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 1973
Publisher: McKay