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A brainstormwith strong women
October 2015
This project was devised as a means to collect experiences and comments from wo...
10. Do you feel prejudice because you are strong? If so, can you share some examples?
11. Do youfeel encouragementandadmir...
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A brainstorm with strong women - docx version

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This project was devised as a means to collect experiences and comments from women involved in the strength sports. It is a short questionnaire (14 questions) exploring what it was like to be or become strong, the meaning of strength to the responder and the relationship with their social environment (family and friends and society at large).
One question is posted each week on social media and the answers are collected. None of the previous questions is deleted, so that they are always available for more comment. If anyone prefers to answer them all at once (and not in interactive form), they can just download the file and do it.

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A brainstorm with strong women - docx version

  1. 1. A brainstormwith strong women October 2015 This project was devised as a means to collect experiences and comments from women involvedinthe strengthsports.Itisa shortquestionnaire(14questions) exploring what it was like to be or become strong, the meaning of strength to the responder and the relationship with their social environment (family and friends and society at large). One questionispostedeachweekonsocial mediaandthe answersare collected. None of the previousquestionsisdeleted,so that they are always available for more comment. If anyone prefers to answer them all at once (and not in interactive form), they can just download the file and do it. 1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your existence as a strong woman (athlete, coach, neither) 2. Tell usa little aboutyourrelationship with strength in your early childhood. When do you remember being aware of gender roles as applied to strength? Have the adults around you attempt to deviate you to a route with less physical challenges or confrontations because you were a girl? Did you have support from adults while growing up strong (if you did) and who were they? 3. If you did not grow up as a strong little girl, when did the shift to a “strong perspective” happen? How was it? 4. When you started to manifest your strength, what was the reaction from the immediate surrounding? Were people supportive and excited or not? 5. If you had to associate strengthwith otherqualities,suchas boldness, determination, violence, trauma, happiness, love, destiny or whatever (notice that the examples containpositive,negative and neutral qualities on purpose), what would that be and why? 6. If you are a coach or evenif youare not,but youare helpingpeople become stronger, do youperceive this role as different from that of a male coach or helping person? In which ways? 7. Scientificdatashowthere are differencesinstrengthandpoweroutput between men and women. Should this information be discussed with women who want to get strong? Does it make any difference? 8. Why do people in general need to recover their strength? How do you see your role there? 9. Do women have different needs in recovering and maintaining their strength then men?Consideringagingrelatedstrengthlosses, do we have a special role in the lives of aging women or do you think it makes no difference the gender of the person helping this aging woman?
  2. 2. 10. Do you feel prejudice because you are strong? If so, can you share some examples? 11. Do youfeel encouragementandadmirationforbeingstrong?If so,canyou share some examples? 12. A man being aggressive or sarcastic is a man being a man, while a woman doing the same is a bitch. Elaborate on the topic if you wish. 13. Sports economy and marketing: are strong female athletes becoming more valuable for the sportsindustry?If so,didyou feel the change orhave some anecdotal evidence you can share? How do you feel about yourself in this context (sponsorship, public support, etc)? 14. What are your plans for the future?

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