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mvsj | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM via web

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What is a good thesis statement for a paper taking a stance against date rape. The paper will educate about the topic but will focus also on the underlying dynamics that aren't necessarily sexual, i.e. Brownmiller

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 3, 2011 at 10:52 PM (Answer #2)

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A good thesis statement will be one that lays out your basic argument.  That means you are going to need to know what your main points are going to be before you can write a thesis statement.

One possible thesis would argue that date rape is bad because it is a manifestation of a social system in which men are dominant.  This would emphasize that date rape comes not only from sexual desire, but also from the idea that men should control women.  In other words, this would portray date rape as an offshoot of men's desire for power and their feeling of entitlement.

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 4, 2011 at 12:10 AM (Answer #3)

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You might address the fact that all sexual assaults whether by a known person or a stranger are about power rather than sexual gratification. You might also mention that it appears to be most prevalent in instances where the parties share some intimacy, i.e. date rape, because the offending party assumes he has power over the victim and acts accordingly. There is a certain arrogant assumption on the part of the offender that he is "entitled" to the victim's body and has the right to force himself upon her.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 4, 2011 at 12:22 AM (Answer #4)

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Structure your paper with the basic pattern for all successful papers:  lead your reader into the paper with an interesting hook (startling fact/statistic, anecdote, rhetorical question, quote, etc.), state your thesis (your stance, what you intend to prove, the thread that weaves through the entire fabric of your paper), give reasons for your beliefs, support your reasons with credible experts' testimony, and then wrap it all up with a conclusion.

You may need to do lots of reading/researching to decide what your thesis is, or you could write a working thesis which may change as you continue to research and locate sources.

Good Luck!

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 4, 2011 at 11:41 AM (Answer #5)

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Your thesis statement needs to present the basic points that you will expand upon in the body of your paper. This means you need to determine what you want to communicate about "the topic" and "the underlying dynamics." It's a powerful and emotionally charged subject, to be sure. Do your research well and be prepared to provide lots of information and evidence, especially in relation to the non-sexual aspects of the subject.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 4, 2011 at 10:15 PM (Answer #6)

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Your thesis statement needs to be something that you yourself have designed, as at the end of the day you will be using it to argue your points. Therefore, after doing your research, state clearly and simply your position regarding what you are talking about, the stance you wish to take and what other factors you will be incorporating into your argument. Thus, for example, you could use the following thesis statement:

Date rape is unacceptable because it reveals the underlying assumption that men feel ownership over women and a perceived entitlement to have sexual intercourse if they go out on a date with a woman, whether or not the woman wants to.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 4, 2011 at 11:36 PM (Answer #7)

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You have some great ideas to work with here so far. The fact that you are against date rape is not what will set your work apart from other such work; that is the presumably everyone's perspective. What will distinguish your work from others' is your research and insights regarding motivations and causes. They should be the focus of your thesis.

Lori Steinbach

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 5, 2011 at 3:23 AM (Answer #8)

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I agree that your thesis should specifically point out what your purpose is. For example, you have indicated that date rape is not always sexual. This seems odd to some, so you can point out in your thesis that the main purposes or causes of date rape are related to power. If you focus your thesis on power, you can relate everything else to it.
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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM (Answer #9)

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You can also emphasize the point that anytime a woman says no, it becomes a non-consensual act, a sexual assault.  There is a rather persistent and ugly attitude in our society that women sometimes "deserve what they get" if they dress provocatively or if they get involved in sexual situations and change their mind.  No means no.  Anything after that is rape.

You can also include information and ideas about the number of date rapes that involve drugging the victim, and the criminal sociopathic act that this is.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted July 7, 2011 at 11:57 PM (Answer #10)

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I would add that your thesis statement needs to be a statement that you truly believe and can defend with the facts that you find during your research. The idea of a research paper is to find facts that support your thesis. So be certain that if you are going to take a stand that date rape is about power and control you have the facts to back it up.

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ladiiekraziie | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM (Answer #11)

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What is a good thesis statement for a paper taking a stance against date rape. The paper will educate about the topic but will focus also on the underlying dynamics that aren't necessarily sexual, i.e. Brownmiller

i am doing the same thing that you are doing and i cant find anything against it

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