Morphogenesis - Priestessing on the edge of chaos: How to start your own consciousness-raising group
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 How to start your own consciousness-raising group
picture 12 Mar 2003 @ 21:00, by Letecia Layson

How many of us remember the early consciousness raising groups? Not me (smile)! Celebrating women during the entire month of March has me surfing the net reading about women's herstory. What delights me is that this information is both old and new...that is plenty of women began waking up in 1971 and many more wake up every year.

I loved this oldie but goodie piece:

How to start your own consciousness-raising group Reprinted from a leaflet distributed by The Chicago Women's Liberation Union (1971)

(Editors Note: The CWLU organized many consciousness raising groups around the city.)


Consciousness-raising groups are the backbone of the Women's Liberation Movement. All over the country women are meeting regularly to share experiences each has always thought were "my own problems". A lot of women are upset by remarks men make to us on the street, for instance, but we think other women handle the situation much better than we do, or just aren't bothered as much. Through consciousness-raising we begin to understand ourselves and other women by looking at situations like this in our own lives. We see that "personal problems shared by so many others--not being able to get out of the house often enough, becoming exhausted from taking care of the children all day, perhaps feeling trapped--are really 'Political problems. Understanding them is the first step toward dealing with them collectively, whether in forming a day care center, exploring job possibilities, or planning the best strategy for getting our husbands to help with the housework. It's easy to form a group of your own. Here's how:

A consciousness-raising group consists of a small number of women (generally not more than 12) who meet informally once a week at a member's home or women's center. Ask friends to bring friends--it isn't necessary to know everyone. Sisterhood is a warm feeling!


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