A lecturer am pretty close to, along with some classmates, has invited self and said classmates to contribute to a journal she plans to produce with another lecturer. It’s about gender and sexuality, and topic range is popular culture. Am supposed to submit an abstract by next week so she can have a look and discuss further with us. Have come up with two ideas so far.
1. Harry Potter
If you haven’t already noticed this yourself, you’d probably see that many central characters in the Harry Potter series are male. Thus, would like to observe and explore how J. K. Rowling divides important roles among the genders (this is rather clumsily phrased as can’t think of a better way to put it – if you can help out greatly appreciated!). The thesis statement would go along the lines of: despite the main characters central to the plot are predominantly male, the really important and indispensable characters are female.
Edit: Oh goat, maybe should reconsider this. Look at the list of characters alone!
Edit edit: Sigh, now am thinking of a thesis statement the opposite of the initial idea: that Rowling depicts a wizarding world that is sexist. Which sounds pretty much like stating the obvious, doesn’t it? 😦
2. Slimming centre advertisements
This ubiquitous ads, to self, paint an unrealistic picture of how easy it seems to lose weight. Thesis statement would sound like: slimming centre advertisements portray an inaccurate picture about the amount of work and money it takes to maintain a slim body, as well as giving a false impression of achieving happiness by losing weight.
Am leaning towards the latter because am passionate about the subject, but at the same time studying Harry Potter would definitely be interesting. It would definitely be more work than studying slimming centre advertisements, as for that the data can be selected and minimal.
So, which do you prefer personally and why? Would love to hear your opinion, and if you want to refine the thesis statement or suggest an improvement on the angle of the paper, please feel free to do so. 🙂