questioning the questions

Our group in BCM is focusing on feminism and how it is presented in social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. we have based our interview questions around what social media platforms people use, their idea of what feminism is and its implications as well as whether they believe that their interactions with feminism over social media has in anyway informed them or altered their perception on that being a feminism means.

The questions we asked included:

  1. Are you a feminist?
  2. What do you think this term means, and why?
  3. Do you think feminism promotes rights for all genders? Why?
  4. Where did you learn about feminism/form your opinion about it?
  5. What forms of social media do you use? Have these influenced your perception of feminism?
  6. Have you ever been targeted by anti-feminist groups/individuals through social media?
  7. What is your opinion on anti-feminism movements?
  8. Do you think your opinion has been influenced by social media?
  9. Can you name any feminist icons?
  10. What is your opinion on the current social media censorship issues? (e.g. #freethenipple campaign)

Through the completion of the survey I found that the questions we were asking were heading in the right direction in regards to our research question, the use of closed yes/no questions not only helps us gain quick solid answers but also allows for the participant to answer faster. Over all the order of the questions are perhaps what I liked most as finding their stance on the matter, what they believe it to be defined as and understanding what influenced their views most will be of great help and importance in allowing us to answer our research question as well as to better understand how the participants have formed their views on feminism.

The questions we had decided on asking (shown above) were based on finding peoples thoughts on the matter as well as the influence social media had on them, and although we aimed to keep the questions simple at times I would stare at the questions and wonder what exactly we were asking.

For one i believe that in order to make the questions seem less daunting they need to be simplified. This can be done by changing dome of the questions from open ended to close ended such as question 5.

‘What forms of social media do you use? Have these influenced your perception of feminism?’

This question can be changed to a close question by giving preselected answers (shown below), and can be simplified further by removing the second half of the question since it has been repeated in questions 8. this would prevent from people getting bored and giving up on answering them all together.

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Along with this other questions need to be rewritten in order to make more sense, e.g 10, as some people may not be aware of what this campaign may be or may simply not understand the question.

Regardless the questions need more work before they are handed out but thats what drafts are for right!

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