9/23 & 9/25: Thesis & Image

Due: 9/23, 8 AM. 

Post a link to an image that you think adds to an understanding of your thesis.

For example, say my thesis claimed The adoption of a third gender in the U.S. would reinforce, not weaken, what Morris calls the “gender binary.” [JUST an example, and not something I might actually argue–don’t let this affect your reading.] I might post this image: http://i.imgur.com/qO6aynA.jpg. To me, it has a thematic link to my thesis; it speaks to division and uniformity, which my thesis claims would have a negative effect on the perception of gender. 


-Post a link to your image. If possible, please isolate the image (i.e. try not to link to a website with other images, as it might get confusing if we can’t tell which image you’re linking us to).

-DO NOT explain why you chose the image. Post ONLY the link and the thesis statement from your draft. 

-Do your best to choose an image that has a thematic connection, not an explicit one. In other words, if you’re writing about gender, don’t post a picture of a man and a woman–the connection is too strong, and will lessen the amount of analysis your peers have to do. The connection shouldn’t seem overtly obvious!


Due: 9/25, 8 AM. [Note–because of the holidays, some students will dothis post on Sunday evening.]

Respond to ONE of your peers’ images. Answer the question, How does is this image linked to the thesis statement. Do not comment on someone’s image if it has already been commented on. ~100 words, please!

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40 Responses to 9/23 & 9/25: Thesis & Image

  1. http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-gender-equality-sex-justice-d-scales-weigh-issues-image31532615
    I think this image is a good example for sex inequality, because it shows men and women being judged equally. There should be no preference to either of the sexes. Also people who belongs to the middle or any where in between the spectrum should also be treated equally, because we should be defined by our character and no our gender.

  2. Liji says:

    I think this is a good example of gender equality because we should no be judged based on our gender. No matter what a persons gender is, even if there in the middle of the sex spectrum or any where else, we should be judged based on our character instead.

  3. Liji says:

    I think this image is a good example for gender equality, because it shows women and men being equal on the balance. There should be no inequalities in judging people based on gender. In the future, this is what we are looking for because we have realized that people cannot be judged based on gender and altering gender is a choice. No matter what the reason behind altering gender is , every one belongs to the same category as humans. Therefore, people who belongs to the middle or anywhere in the sex spectrum should enjoy the same rights as others.

  4. http://nphleadershipprogram.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/handsemir.jpg

    “When all of us are acknowledged as the human equals that we really are, there will be no space left for bullying. it will no longer be wrong to chose one thing over another.”

    • Andrew Wildstein says:

      The picture George chose relates to his thesis statement perfectly. In the picture, there two hands interlocking. Not only are they holding each others hands, but by the looks of it, it is two different races. Their has been much anti semitism, and racism in the world and by George’s thesis statement to acknowledge humans as equals, there will be no space left for bullying really depicts the image. This image is showing us that not only can racism end in the world, but we can all unite together as one group, ending all hatred and grouping of people.

  5. Gender can no longer be based on anatomy because it oversimplifies a complex issue of self-awareness and personal preference. http://www.ronzo.com.au/displayPic.php?i=38

    • Shimona’s thesis is linked to her image because her thesis is talking about how gender can’t be based on anatomy because anatomy is more complex than once believed. Her image is showing a woman floating on air to show that her anatomy is complex and free flowing. Furthermore the image is purposely vague in what gender the figure is supposed to be which also works with Shimona’s thesis because she says how gender can’t be based on anatomy. Since there is a lack of anatomy there is a lac of gender.

  6. Hurriya says:

    As we go further into science, we lose the basic meaning of anatomy because anatomy continues to change over time.

    My Image: http://wtfai.tumblr.com/post/6937590922/evolution-in-the-human-life-cycle (First Image)

    • Zainab Karim says:

      Hurriya’s thesis is related to the content of the image she chose in many ways. Her these claims that anatomy can not be one’s destiny because of how complex anatomy has become. Science is always expanding and finding new information, therefore we can not limit anatomy to the basic male and female. The image shows the evolution in human cycle. If you were to compare the first stage to the last stage, it is completely different. Nevertheless, there are various beliefs regarding the evolution of human cycle, it can not be narrowed down to one idea. In conclusion, her image supports her thesis well.

  7. Gender is beyond anatomy because gender can’t be identified by anatomy alone in all cases.

    • Maria’s image is linked to her thesis because it shows what is required in order to truly identify someone’s gender, thinking outside the box. The image relates to her thesis because it shows two individuals, one male and the other female. These two individuals have already been categorized based on their physical features without acknowledging the other factors that have affected their physical appearance. The image encourages the viewer to look beyond the physical in order to get a more well rounded perception of the individual to better identify their gender which frees the individual from the guidelines of anatomy.

  8. Matthew Chan says:

    In today’s modern society we have come to realize that the statement, “Gender is Biology” is an invalid implication of what gender is and strives such as India’s decision to make transgender citizens their own gender have proven this.


    • Daniel Aronov says:

      Matthews image is linked with his thesis. His image shows us how in today’s society the norm is becoming of the fact that today there can also be a third gender. Also his image demonstrates how people in today’s world shouldn’t be discriminated just because people choose not to be a male or female. India’s decision of establishing a third gender gives it’s citizens more freedom and self-expression of who they are in society. Matthews image also shows us how there should be gender equivalence between a male, female, and third gender.

    • I agree with Simcha. I am glad he picked this picture because I feel this picture can simply support his thesis statement. What you are under the eyes of science, doesn’t define who you really are. It is you who decides, who you want to be, what you want to be and what you want to do. It is your choice on how you live your life. Society can guide you, but it is your choice.

  9. Ardit Gjoni says:

    It is only up to human beings to decide who they are in the spectrum of gender for themselves.


  10. Jay Lebowitz says:

    To state that one’s anatomy truly is one’s destiny is to limit and alienate many people and, moreover, to misunderstand the intricate and multifaceted nature of the institution of gender.


    • Matthew Chan says:

      Jay’s picture depicts exactly what his thesis has said. The red flower in the picture represents the alienated person who is set aside from everyone else. Just like the flower, the individual’s views and anatomy are different from societal norms. This can be seen from the rose’s bright red color and the fact that it is a different type of plant. The flower wilts from the lack of care and nourishment that it receives just as the individual wilts from society’s backlash and from the limits that society imposes on it. Lost in a sea of many flower/society, the plant or individual “intricate and multifaceted nature” is covered up by society and ignored.

  11. Gurjot Singh says:

    A person should not be considered a certain gender based on their anatomy, but based on their thoughts and characteristics.


    • Ardit Gjoni says:

      Gurjot’s picture deals a lot around the idea of his thesis. What makes us a person is not how we look on the outside but how we are in the inside. Our thoughts and personalities are stored in our head, so whatever makes us unique has much to do with our mind. We have to look past what we see and look closer into the mind of the person we are identifying. In the end, it is not how you identify them that has any merit but how they identify themselves. A transgendered person can look as male as possible to all of those people that look at them. Deep down inside, despite what anyone else might think, they feel to themselves and at this point are technically female, which should be okay since it is how they feel comfortable with identifying themselves as. It is what they think and not what others think that makes the decision on who they are.

  12. Andrew Wildstein says:

    However, one’s gender and sex are not necessarily synonymous or congruent with each other. Gender includes one’s sexual makeup based on genetics as well as the way we behave in our environment surrounding us.


    • Maria Hayee says:

      Andrew’s picture depicts exactly what is stated in his thesis. For many people the terms “gender” and “sex” are interchangeable. Sex is biological and includes physical traits such as genitalia, sex chromosomes, and reproductive structures. However, gender is more complicated than that and cannot be defined so simply. Gender is how a person wants to identify themselves whether as a male, female, or neither. In the picture the hand pointing towards the brain is implying that gender is a mental process on how a person chooses to identify themselves and the hand pointing down is implying that gender is not solely based on anatomy. Basically, gender is not binary, it is not anatomy, but rather it is a choice of how you want to express yourself as.

  13. Daniel Aronov says:


    Anatomy is destiny. We shouldn’t let societies pressure impose a blockade on us to express ourselves.

    • Hamid Javed says:

      Daniel’s image relates perfectly with his thesis statement. I think he is agreeing to the fact that biological structure is innate, which should determine our sex, but not gender. The picture shows a man having the ability to choose from two paths meaning he has the full right to express himself and choose the path he wants to take. His behavior and decision will show what gender he choose to be. The image shows only a man and not anyone else with him, I think that’s important because that highlights the main point of Daniel’s thesis. There is no one (society) to force the man what path he should take. This is why Daniel’s image clearly is a good example of his thesis.

  14. Hamid Javed says:

    Gender isn’t biology, but sex is. Gender should be judged by a person’s “physical appearance” and the way they choose to behave.


    • Hamid’s picture depicts what is stated in his thesis. For many people, the terms “gender” and “sex” are interchangeable. This idea has become so common, particularly in western societies, that it is rarely questioned. Yet biological sex and gender are different; gender is not inherently connected to one’s physical anatomy.Sex is biological and includes physical attributes such as sex chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, internal reproductive structures, and external genitalia. At birth, it is used to identify individuals as male or female. Gender on the other hand is far more complicated. Along with one’s physical traits, it is the complex interrelationship between those traits and one’s internal sense of self as male, female, both or neither as well as one’s outward presentations and behaviors related to that perception.

      • Jay Lebowitz says:

        Mohammed’s thesis is directly related to the image. The connection is not an immediately obvious one, but it is still a very powerful connection. The image shows a sign of the word ‘truth’ – illuminated by radiant sunshine. The word ‘truth’ being illuminated by radiant sunshine brings up an idea of “a truth being brought to light” – in this case, the truth of gender identity. Gender is very complex. The truth is that gender is not at all a simple concept. There is far more than the outdated gender binary. This image brings an uplifting feeling of positivity to the discussion.

  15. Kevin Gomez says:

    Gender takes many forms, it’s not a characteristic attribute to one’s biological makeup.


    • Kevins picture is related to his thesis, because it shows men and women in different color. This explains that there can be alterations in the genital makeup of human and people can belong to different groups of sex. But people should be treated equally.

  16. Maria Hayee says:

    Sex and gender are different; gender is not essentially limited to one’s physical anatomy.

    • Gurjot Singh says:

      The relationship between Maria’s picture and her thesis is as clear as glass. The picture clearly tells us the difference between sex and gender. You’re body parts determine your sex, not your gender. Your gender is determined by your thoughts and attitude. Gender is something you believe you actually are, not something society labels you as because of what they think. You should not be seen as “different” just because you have testes and are a woman, or have ovaries and are a man. Society should not label human beings based on their genitalia.

  17. Isabelle Davidov says:

    Anatomy is not destiny. A persons gender does not define who they are or who they are supposed to be.


    • Shanna Razak says:

      Isabelle’s thesis is basically saying that we are free to choose who we are and we should not be chained down to prevent us from doing this. Identity is not meant to be selected for you like your anatomy .You have the right to build and choose the qualities that make up who you are.Isabelle has chosen this picture because the women looks happy and free. She seems very proud of who she is and just wants to show it to the world . Also the words on picture say that we do not need permission from anyone . This once again represents her thesis that we should not ask anyone of what they think of us and how they believe we should act.

  18. Zainab Karim says:

    Anatomy cannot be one’s identity; destiny can be altered by ones choice of who they choose to be, and whom they choose to become.


    • Zainab Karim says:

      Anatomy can not be one’s destiny*

      • Hurriya says:

        Zainab is using this image as a way to connect to her thesis which is stating that you have the power to change your destiny and choose the path you think is right for you. In this image we see a person standing over two arrows that are pointing into two directions. This image connects to her thesis because she states in her thesis that “destiny can be altered,” and as we see in her image, we can choose any path and change our destiny because it is up to us to decide what is right for us and what we accept ourselves to be.

    • Isabelle Davidov says:

      Shannas thesis statement states that your gender is a reflection of who you are, not your anatomy. The image she chose is a sketch of a girl. The drawing links to her thesis statement because it says the words “be free” and “be yourself” on it. Everyone deserves the right to be who they want to be without the fear of being judged or scrutinized. The message on the picture she selected strongly relates to her thesis statement because it emphasizes the point Shanna is trying to make in her thesis statement and also encourages those who struggle with gender issues to live their truth.

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