Consciousness-raising is at the very least supposed to bring about an intimacy, but what it seems instead to bring about are the trappings of intimacy, the illusion of intimacy, a semblance of intimacy.
Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 10 (1973).
Remembering her early-1970s, ostensibly feminist, "consciousness-raising" group. These all-women groups were popular among women of that period who were trying to reconcile their personal lives with new feminist critiques of society and family, and to establish the camaraderie of a true "sisterhood." Ephron was critical of their tendency, in her experience, to break down into the same particularized, superficial discussions of men and family that had characterized pre-feminist "coffee klatsches."