Billboard demonstrating gender stereotypes as most people automatically assume that Alex is the boy.
Actually, I’ve studied design and advertising, and I can tell you that the reason people would look at this and immediately assume Alex is the boy is because, quite simply, the boy is the focal point of the ad.
English-speaking readers’ line of sight goes from left to right and up to down. This ad leads the viewer from the words MEET ALEX etc straight to the boy and then over and down to the girl. I didn’t even notice there was a set of parenthesis with words in them in the ad until I looked the fourth time.
This is a fallacious confirmation bias, as anyone looking at it will assume Alex is the focal point (i.e. The Boy) and then if they’re perceptive they’ll notice the words at the bottom. Aha! Those damn gender stereotypes gotcha again! Except no, because the ad literally forces you to read it as “Alex is the boy” by the visual language and lines of sight.
A better ad would have been structured from top to bottom instead of left to right, and wouldn’t have pushed the girl, the real subject of the ad (who, by the way, has been VISUALLY PUSHED OUT OF HER RIGHTFUL SPACE ON THE AD BY HER BROTHER) off to the corner as far away from her identifiers as possible.
Here, I’ll make you a better ad.
Bam. Shitty stock photo but you get the point. If anyone sees this and assumes Alex is the boy, they don’t have the the ad layout to use as an excuse for their internalized gender shittery. Likewise, the ad isn’t actively trying to make you read it a certain way and THEN making you feel guilty for interpreting it the way they designed it to be.
experimenting w gender identity is always something to be encouraged. transness is not a precious commodity. it’s not something u can appropriate. and even if u discover that you’re actually cis, that you feel most comfortable as a cis boy or girl, exploring gender will always teach u something new and important about yourself.
you’re not a “transtrender” if u aren’t or haven’t always been completely confident in your transness. u and your identity are 1000% valid.
when you’re IMing with daddy and he says he wont be home in time for cummies
what does this even mean
when you are using an instant messaging service to communicate with your BDSM partner and he says he wont be finished with his shift in time to give you sexual gratification
- What i say: I have anxiety
- What most people think i said: I am awkward but cute awkward and shy.
- What people assume: I am imagining illnesses to justify my lifestyle and personality.
- What i actually mean: I live in a constant fear. I worry about the past, current or future situations, i have stomach and head pains all the time, tachycardia and awful panic attacks that include heart palpitations, and breathing problems. I suffer everyday and not only in "stressful situations". I think so much before i do something and eventually i don't do it at all, so people think i am lazy. I suffer from insomnia. I sweat to the idea of having to interact with people. I don't use the word anxiety to justify anything or to make myself look cool. It's a mental disorder, i have to live with it and find ways to control the symptoms. It is not a trend. Many people around the world actually suffer from this disorder. Accept those who have it and help them, don't judge them, don't joke about it. NEVER.
Sameface Part 2: Revenge of the gender dimorphism
A while ago, I wrote a long-ass article about a certain animated movie’s less-than-stellar treatment of its female character designs. It was not the first, last, or most popular post on the subject, but it did get over 19,000 notes, which is about 18,900 notes more than I thought it would get. By now, everyone is sick to death of hearing about Frozen, and especially about how all the women look the same. So rest assured that I’m not here today to talk about Frozen again.
Instead, I’m here to talk about The Book of Life.
People seem to be getting pretty hyped about this movie, and why shouldn’t they? It’s a film about Mexican culture with an actual Mexican director, and the visual style is certainly a far cry from anything that Disney has ever done. But upon my first viewing of the trailer, I couldn’t help but notice something.
Once again, all of the female characters have the Exact Same Face.
Okay, when I say the Exact Same Face, I don’t mean that their faces are literally exactly the same. What I do mean that if the only difference between their faces is that one has slightly more curved eyes on the top, or one has their nose and mouth placed four millimeters lower, than we have a problem…especially when the male characters look like this:
Last time, we examined why Sameface Syndrome occurs (hint: it’s not about laziness!) and I explained that it’s much more common for it to happen to women than men, since it’s tied to female beauty standards. But what exactly are those beauty standards, and why does the ubiquitous Exact Same Face appear across films and studios in a similar form every time?
Friends, welcome to the wonderful world of gender dimorphism.
I still really want to see Book of Life, but the women in this movie are so homogenous it’s confusing. Every time I’ve seen La Muerte in the promotional materials my brain immediately registered her as Maria with a painted face.
How-to: Eridan Scarf-Hood
So you want to make one of these? Let’s get started.
First you need fabric. Pick one or two colors, one for lining and one for the outside. Fleece is a good choice. Get some felt for the desings. (here it’s the horns and hair curl, but you can get creative.)
Second, you need to make the pattern. Draw a hood shape. It’s easier to lay a hoodie on its side and trace around it. It should look like this:
Cut this shape in the fabric twice, reversing the pattern for the second piece. Do the same for the lining. You should have 4 hood shapes.
Next cut a long rectangle in each fabric. Make sure the are identical. They need to be about 4 to 6 inches wide, and long enough. It’s the scarf part, basically, so make it so that you’re confortable.
If you want, cut 2 rectangles out of the outside fabric that are the same width as your scarf and about 5 inch long, so you can make pockets at the ends of the scarf.
Finally cut the designs out of felt or fleece. You don’t have to make troll horns, just get crazy.
NOW onto the sewing part.
Pin the outside hood pieces right sides together and sew along the red line:
Repeat with the lining.
Now is the time to sew on the hood designs
Next, matching the outside pieces, open up the hood, aling the middle of the scarf to the middle seam, pin and sew.
Repeat with the lining pieces.
Now take the small rectangles and put them over the ends of the scarf. Pin the lining and the outside right sides together and sew the red line:
Turn everything right side out, and pin the hood together (fold in the edges for a nices finish) and sew:
And done :D
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