SURVEY / INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Instructions: Please review the questions from three main topics of discussion below and answer from your own experience. Try to elaborate as much as possible. It is not necessary to answer all of the question, just those you feel strongly about. Please provide examples from your daughter’s life if possible.
Video Interview: If you would like to discuss these in front of a camera for a future documentary, please call Oksana Cobb at 215-400-0233 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the date and time of the video session. Location: University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, TX.
1) SEXUAL IDENTITY
“Dare to bare” is a common exhortation in the spring and summer issues of many girl’s fashion magazines. What are your views on girls showing more and more skin from tank tops and belly shirts to extremely short skirts and shorts at younger age?
Is there a difference between sexuality and sexualization? Please elaborate.
Feminine modesty has been chastised for decades as a form of patriarchal oppression. Is stripping and bearing skin today a badge of sexual liberation?
When younger girls today wear sexy outfits and enjoy attention from boys, is there a danger of having to perform sexually at a younger age? What are the consequences?
Just 10 years ago, it was unusual for 10 year old girls to go to a beauty spa for a full facial, manicure and pedicure. Not anymore. Beauty industry keeps lowering the age bar for its products. How does this phenomenon contributes to objectifying women and their self-objectification?
Today’s hook-up culture free of commitment encourages sex without romance and courtship. Does this have an effect on depression levels among young women?
“I Kissed a Girl” 2008 song by Katy Perry quickly became number one the Billboard national charts where it stayed for 7 straight weeks. We are in the age of lesbian chic. The girls that are too young to have a sexual identity pretend to be bisexual. It is no longer a taboo, in fact it is encouraged, makes girls more popular with boys. The problem is: what is genuine and what is fake? The girl-on-girl show is often times for the boys, for their enjoyment. Do the girls confuse desire for attention with desire for sex?
Do girls today have a chance to simply be girls and not women or sexual agents at much earlier age?
Many girls today love describing themselves as “party animals”. Their whole motivation to attend all the parties and sleepovers is to post photos of the gatherings on Instagram, Facebook etc. Is the photo record of social events on social media similar to a diary or is it more of a creating a mask, marketing a brand, performing and putting on a show to amuse others?
Are girls staying true to themselves when they blog, post photos, comment, like other posts? Or is it all about projecting the right image, an image what is perceived to be cool, hip, popular?
Do you find that despite hours spent in texting and social media each day, teenagers are more awkward in personal face-to-face communication?
What is the iPhone 5 or smart phone means as a status symbol in school age children?
American teens today send an average of 135 messages per day via text and social networking sites.
Does 24/7 connectedness today means no private life and private time? The technological hyper connectedness with peers may mean for girls disconnecting from themselves. Does this lifestyle deprive girls from break, breather, private moments to “just chill”, sleep and rest.
ADHD misdiagnosis by doctors and self-diagnosis for mental disorders.
Can girls deal with the pressure of being micro-celebrity and to have to constantly package a product of their ownself, a product that did not have a chance to develop yet? How do girls handle claustrophobic world inside the cyberbubble?
There are three general styles of parenting: Authoritarian (ultra strict), Permissive (very laid back), and Authoritative (firm but not excessively rigid). Which style do you consider yourself to be in regards of controlling your child’s use of internet.
Thinspiraton… The internet and social media are full of websites, blogs and visuals promoting anorexia, encouraging girls to stay strong while they starve themselves and glamorizing the cult of the ultra-thin. What are real dangers to our children?
Can sports become an obsession for girls and one of the only ways to define themselves?
Obsession with overachievement can be dangerous. Why? Overly-ambitiousness and perfectionism often stems from demanding, critical and conditional relationship with one’s parents.
Use of alcohol and drugs as a means of compensations for something missing in their lives or results of abuse.