Adapted from Questions & Quotes for Girls In a Jar®.
The recent #metoo conversations and the increasing number of sexual assault allegations in the media bring attention to the questions of where and how we are talking with tweens and teens about topics like gender, respect, and boundaries. Use the following prompts to encourage discussion in classrooms, at home, or in any group setting.
- What do you think makes a healthy romantic relationship? Unhealthy? What have you learned about romantic relationships from people in your life?
- Do you think that being nice is the same as being respectful, supportive, or kind? Are there times when niceness can actually be harmful?
- What does feminism mean to you? Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
- How do you feel about the pressure on women and girls to look and act in certain ways? Do you ever feel like there are things you’re not supposed to do as a girl? Do you think boys face similar pressures?
- How does pressure to fit in with others affect you? How do you think people change themselves to fit in?
- When have you felt pressure to act in ways you don’t agree with? What did you do?
- Do you think girls and boys are treated the same way by teachers, parents, and other adults? Why or why not?
- What are some stereotypes about girls and women that really bug you? Are there any others that you don’t mind so much? Why or why not?
- What are qualities that you would like in a person who you might date someday? Why are these traits important to you?
- Are there certain topics that you and your family seem to disagree about more than others? How can you reach agreements and get along even when you don’t see eye to eye?
Check out Questions & Quotes for Girls In a Jar® for more discussion prompts to spark conversation and reflection about school, stress, family, friendships, health, and self-respect.
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