A positive critique of the stories in Meeting at the Crossroads would be that the book takes an important issue and sheds light on it by tracking and examining how girls learn to transition into women and how it affects their ability to express themselves. Brown and Gilligan are able to drive the point home by interviewing the same girls year after year while being open and honest about their methods and limitations.
Meeting at the Crossroads by Lyn Mikel Brown and Carol Gilligan argues that women are forced to give up relationships with themselves, their bodies, and the people around them when they learn how to have romantic relationships. This leads to girls losing their voices. The girls tend to lose their individual freedom as they try to adapt to what society expects from women.
One of the major strengths of Meeting at the Crossroads is that Brown and Gilligan talked to the same girls from before puberty until they were adults; they interviewed the girls from 6 to 18. This enabled them to see both how the girls changed and how the girls' relationship with the interviewers changed. As time went by, many of the subjects even came to question the motivations of the interviewers and what kinds of answers they actually wanted.
One of the positive things that Brown and Gilligan do in the book is point out their own limitations. They are aware that they might not be getting fully open answers and that they were potentially another cause of anxiety for the people they interviewed. The authors don't attempt to hide these issues. They're very open about them—which lends authenticity to the rest of their stories and findings.
Another interesting aspect of Brown and Gilligan's process for getting stories from the girls was that they changed the method they intended to use. At first, they intended to ask the girls the same questions at every interview. Instead, they ended up letting the girls lead the interviews so they could figure out what each girl valued. This is very different from traditional interview methods used by psychologists.
There are positive and negative stories in the text from each girl. One negative example is that of Victoria, who experiences abuse at home and tries to please the abuser. She fantasizes to the interviewers about having a healthy relationship and killing violent men. She then quickly retracts the statement, putting herself down. One positive example is Sonia, who blooms when she is able to be interviewed by someone of her own race. Brown and Gilligan see her experience as a sign that women may be able to help each other through the tough transition from child to adult.
By being open about the limitations of their research methods, the changes they made, and the methods they used, Brown and Gilligan are able to shine a positive light on the stories they collected from the girls—both from their words and their behavior or body language. Even the negative stories in the text contribute to the argument the authors are making, which makes their inclusion important.