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Celia Hughes

post-war womanhood. In Promise of a Dream she drew upon Simone de Beauvoir’s term dépayser (to change scenery or disorientate) to describe her own adolescent reading experience. As a girl, de Beauvoir had read books much in the same fashion as Rowbotham and Gilda: to transport herself away from her surroundings and to transform herself. Subcultures promised ‘extreme inner experiences’.31 Carrying such hopes, Rowbotham shared something in common with young men she would meet around the VSC network who had sought the same ‘profound disorientation’ from ‘the petty

in Young lives on the Left