This study is being conducted by JM Frey as part of her Master’s degree research (CC 8901: Directed Research Course) under the supervision of Doctor Jennifer Brayton through Ryerson University and York University, Toronto, Canada. She is conducting a research project about the commonly used genre and gender clichés and tropes utilized by the creators, actors, and fans of science fiction, with particular attention paid to the portrayal of women in science fiction.
We are asking for your participation in the study. To participate in this study, you should be in a position in which, based on your professional experience as a creator, or through your experience in science fiction fandom, either online or in real life, you have worked creatively or engage regularily in projects, television programs, films, books, comics, cosplay, fanfiction, or any other sort of media or participatory narrative which fall into the genre category of science fiction. If you are a creator, then you have worked in any capacity on the production of a science fiction narrative. If you are fan, then you often consume science fiction texts of any type, and may use said texts as a platform upon which to build your own narratives (eg. fanfction, fanvids, cosplay, RPGs, etc). If you are neither a fan nor a creator, you may be asked to describe how you think science fiction influences your opinions of the genre and the gender cliches it engenders.
Interacting with any aspect of this website – leaving a comment, replying to questions, offering a fan craft, writing to the creators, etc – we be considered as volunteering for this study. All volunteered texts or crafts will potentially be included in the study, as well as any academic texts, confrence presentations, or films precipitated from this study.
Participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer, or decline to comment on any aspect of the website as you wish. You can withdraw your participation at any time by deleting or requesting deletion of your responses or offered fan crafts.
There are few known or anticipated risks from participating in this study. Should fans agree to be directly quoted in the presentations or academic papers, if their legal names are ever connected to the online aliases they provide, published materials generated from the thesis could conceivably be used against them in an intellectual property or copyright suit. It is important that you understand these risks before agreeing to participate in this study. However, Ms. Frey will only use the alias you provide for her. She will not use your legal name unless you ask her to. How you manage your alias, screen-name, or identity within the fandom or professional community will still be up to you.
It is also important for you to know that any information that you provide will be confidential. The Swirlygate Projected Livejournal community will be maintained indefinately, however the data collected from this study will be accessed only by JM Frey and will be maintained on a password-protected computer.
Should you have any questions about the research, please contact JM Frey at email@example.com, or the Office of Research Ethics at Ryerson University:
Alex Wellington http://www.ryerson.ca/~awelling/
Acting Director, The Ethics Network,
Department of Philosophy,
350 Victoria Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 416.979.5000 x 4057
This study is in the process of being reviewed and is pending ethics clearance through the Human Participants Review Committee, Ryerson University’s Ethics Review Board and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines. However, the final decision about participation is yours.
Thank you for considering participation in this study.