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Thursday, June 14, 2012

English Club on “Freaks” and “Tweaks”

Topic: “Freaks” and “Tweaks”
Leader: Dima S.
Fun Fact: Central to the freak scene in the 1960s, American musician and composer Frank Zappa and his band The Mothers of Invention said, "Freaking out is a process whereby an individual casts off outmoded and restricted standards of thinking, dress and social etiquette in order to express creatively his relationship to his environment and the social structure as a whole."'
Topic:
1. What does the word “freak” mean to you? How is it used in modern society? What is “freak subculture”? What is the difference between a “freak” and a self “made freak”? What may motivate a person to alter their physical body?
2. What is your personal attitude toward tattooing? Would you get a tattoo? How expensive is it in Ukraine? Have you ever made a tattoo or seen them done in person? Is there a difference in perception between women and men with tattoos?
3. What do you think about unusual hair color and styles, such as spikes, mohawks, and dreadlocks, often associated with “punks”? Have you tried this look?
4. Do you consider body piercing as a form of body modification? Is it attractive or rather ugly or degrading in your opinion? Who tends to have body piercings most often in Ukraine?
5. Cosmetic surgery can also significantly alter a person’s appearance. Can this surgery turn someone into a “made freak”? Do surgical implants make someone a freak?
6. Have you ever heard of a “freak show”? What is this exactly? Would you ever see one?
7. What is the difference between a “freak” and a “control freak”? Is there a difference between a control freak and a perfectionist? Do you consider yourself a control freak? What is your opinion on perfectionism?
Freak: A person with something unusual about their appearance or behavior. Someone not falling within typical standard deviations. "Freaks of nature." People may intentionally choose to alter their physical appearance by artificial means.

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