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Feminist women wanted for PhD research.

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CarlyGuest · 06/04/2011 11:02

Hi Everyone,

I am a PhD student in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London

I am looking for women aged between 18 and 35 to take part in a study of women?s feminist identities.

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to take part in an interview about how you came to see yourself as a feminist and what being feminist means to you. This will involve talking about personal photos and images that say something about your feminism.

Your participation would involve one interview lasting approximately between one and two hours.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, or would like further information please contact me (Carly Guest) Email: [email protected]

This study has received ethical approval from the Birkbeck College School of Social Science, History and Philosophy Ethics Committee.


Thanks!

Carly

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HandDivedScallopsrgreat · 06/04/2011 11:17

Can I ask why you are only wanting women between 18 and 35?

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Chaotica · 06/04/2011 11:25

I was going to ask the same thing. Aren't older women interesting enough, or do you have a better reason?

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dittany · 06/04/2011 14:48

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iskra · 06/04/2011 14:51

The age might be to do with feminist movements? A 35 year old would have been born in 1976 so missing out on the 70s activism etc. Just a guess.

I would sort of be interested but I don't have images or personal photos that mean something to me about feminism Hmm

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dittany · 06/04/2011 14:59

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PeterAndreForPM · 06/04/2011 15:05

burlesque ?

yep, that's dead feminist, that is Hmm

OP, I do pole dancing because it empowers me

I am 75 though, so am I too old for your study?

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Reality · 06/04/2011 15:07

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GetOrfMoiLand · 06/04/2011 15:19

Fucking burlesque.

What was it you called it Dittany on a thread about the subject a couple of months ago - 'stripping for chubby middle-class goths'

Sums it up.

I totally agree that feminism has got fuck all to do with photos, it is words and actions.

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HannahHack · 06/04/2011 15:24

I'll take part in your study if poss. (Im 24)

Jeeze people, stop wingeing. Did you baby boomers not take enough yet? Or are you still drunk on your sense of entitlement.

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dittany · 06/04/2011 15:26

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AnnieLobeseder · 06/04/2011 15:35

Anyone else blinking a bit at HannahHack's post? WTF?

I'm too old for the study, sadly.

As I fellow PhD student I would have found it intersting.

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GetOrfMoiLand · 06/04/2011 15:35

I'm not a baby boomer Hannah, I am not much older than you.

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dittany · 06/04/2011 15:40

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HandDivedScallopsrgreat · 06/04/2011 15:42

Annie - I'm with you Confused. As dittany pointed out too it seems to be a completely random remark!

I am older than you Hannah but I am not sure I am a baby boomer either (born early 70's?). Not sure what I have "taken" or why I have a sense of entitlement? Perhaps you would care to enlighten us?

I was just wondering whether feminism stopped being relevant when you were 35 or something (and younger than 18 - but I thought that limit might be legal requirements, CRB etc)?

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dittany · 06/04/2011 15:47

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GetOrfMoiLand · 06/04/2011 15:47

It's because people over 35 are evidently not as attractive in french knickers and nipple tassels.

All done in an empowered and ironic way, of course Hmm

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madwomanintheattic · 06/04/2011 15:59

i'm 40.

i'd take part but i'm apparently too old.

shame. i would've been really interesting too. Grin given that i tried to join the marines and all. ah well.



to be fair, students usually don't target those over 35 for research unless they are into gerontology. largely because that way they get to interview the other students at uni as participants. it makes for a much easier sample. (and easier to arrange interviews etc) and buggers up the research totally, because of course, well, not everyone in the world thinks like a student. always very depressing to wade through hundreds of 'research participants wanted' in uni e-mails at this time of year.

i'm a bit disappointed at being left out actually. i mean, i was born in the seventies ffs, so by the time i'd developed any sort of feminist consciousness everyone was watching dynasty and wearing shoulder pads and killer heels. hardly discounts me from participation on the grounds that i might have been tainted by a more activist era.

i mean, my mother was a cleaner. like her mother.

ethically it's more complicated to include under 18s - which is a shame, as i had some really interesting young people come forward who were desperate to talk about identifying as trans. ah well.

op - i'd love to see your info sheet - it might give us a better idea of your actual research.

don't worry about the reaction on here re radfems and birkbeck etc. when i tried to get participants using the web i didn't sleep for days because of the backlash on one board. haven't clicked on the burlesque link, but i assume that was naother site you advertised for participants on, to get some different opinions. after all, just listening to strident mn fems would just give you one pov. i'd be on burlesque sites too. and net mums. and babyworld. and a few of the other specific fem sites. you are obv casting your net as wide as poss, rather than sticking to fellow students, so yay!

good luck.

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PeterAndreForPM · 06/04/2011 16:08

I have a 15 yo and a primary aged child

I am 107 though and my corsets gape a bit at the front

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