My name is Morgan Leckie, and I am a PhD student at Miami University in Oxford, OH. I am also an active Pinterest user. I study writing and rhetoric, and am interested in how spaces like Pinterest build on or create feminist community and civic activism and engagement. I am writing you today to ask for your help. For my current research project examining how women both create and resist traditional notions of womanhood on Pinterest, I’d like to survey and interview Pinterest users like you in order to better understand your experiences on this site!
Please review and return this Pinterest Study Description and Conesnt form if you would like to participate!
If you are a Pinterest user and are interested in participating, you may access the survey here. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete, and participation involves minimum risk. You may also choose to participate in an interview with me and allow me to analyze one or more of your public pinboards here on Pinterest. The interviews would last about 30-45 minutes and would be conducted via Skype, telephone, IM, or email. Participation involves minimal risk. Analysis of your pinboard(s) would be conducted with the explicit purpose of exploring how you use images and products to express activism, civic engagement, and/or compliance with/resistance against traditional notions of womanhood. The write up of your pinboard analysis will be shared with you if you choose to review and approve the content. I value your views and your privacy and will take every precaution ensure confidentiality. My university does not require that participants sign a consent form, but I will never use real names (or Pinterest user names) in my research unless you would like to be identified. If you are interested in participating in an interview, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or feel free to post a comment here on this project website.
If you have any questions about me or this study, please feel free to contact me!
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Morgan C. Leckie
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio USA