thatdudeemu
nominominus:

urulokid:

millika:

Who’s Alex?
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. 

THANK YOU YES THIS IS A BETTER EXPLANATION FOR WHAT I WAS TRYING TO SAY THE TIME I REBLOGGED THIS

nominominus:

urulokid:

millika:

Who’s Alex?

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.

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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. 

THANK YOU YES THIS IS A BETTER EXPLANATION FOR WHAT I WAS TRYING TO SAY THE TIME I REBLOGGED THIS

onlyplutochow

heldersangel:

2jam4u:

dynamicafrica:

Spotlight: Photographer Damion Reid and the “Beauty of the Black Woman” Project.

How do you describe what a black woman is? How do you even begin to define her?

You don’t. You leave that up to her.

As black women, as black people, we are well aware of our complexities - whether inherited or otherwise. What’s more, despite our differences being used to divide and separate us, whether through experience or heritage, history has played out in such a way that we are and will always be connected to each other in ways words cannot even begin to describe. As romantic as this may sound, and though there is so much beauty in who we are, there’s a lot of pain that we are still forced to triumph through. Despite all this, as we combat that which has manifested in our lives through both structural and internal racism, it’s so important that we look for ways to find and recreate ourselves on our terms.

Living in a world where black women have to constantly defend their existence and personally find ways to continuously reaffirm their beauty and self-worth, it’s hard not to love what Damion Reid does.

As a Communications Major, Reid was, to say the least, troubled by the negative images and stories he’d often come across of Black women and Black people in the Diaspora. In the Spring of 2002, armed with his camera and desire to show the multi-faceted reality of Black women, he began approaching women he’d see in public in an attempt to capture the “Beauty of the Black Woman.”

Ridding himself of mainstream notions of what beauty is or is supposed to look like, Reid opted to go for something deeper when approaching women, "I share a spiritual bond with Black Women. They are the only people that can understand what me a Black Male goes through. That is beauty to me. I go with my feelings. If it feels right to approach someone, I will do it."

So far, the responses Reid has received have been incredibly positive and wonderfully surprising, “Sometimes the Women are shocked that I want to photograph them. They were not used to be called beautiful, much less photographed.”

For Reid, this is a “never-ending project.” He does plan on taking things further and is currently working on a project that concerns Black men in the Diaspora. 

All photos courtesy of Damion Reid.

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oh lol I’m included!

I love my people look at them!!!

onlyplutochow
90sdefect:

my-opossum-is-awesome:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

shuttersmiley:

beethreefour:

frankensteinfanclub:

thackarybynx:

euthanizeallwhitepeople:

majiinboo:

frankensteinfanclub:

im losing my mind

My white friend’s mom made this exact meal when I spent the night in 10th grade. It felt like chewing on dust

oh
my
god

do poc not eat chicken and vegetables ?

Lmfao look at this comment

I’m so confused because this is a genuine meal in England? is this some inside usa joke i dont get or something

The joke is that ya’ll had the nerve to invade 90% of the earth for spices and then not use a single one.

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the white people comments just have me in tears they have no idea

"Do poc not eat chicken and vegetables" lmfaooooooo

They steamed all this shit

90sdefect:

my-opossum-is-awesome:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

shuttersmiley:

beethreefour:

frankensteinfanclub:

thackarybynx:

euthanizeallwhitepeople:

majiinboo:

frankensteinfanclub:

im losing my mind

My white friend’s mom made this exact meal when I spent the night in 10th grade. It felt like chewing on dust

oh

my

god

do poc not eat chicken and vegetables ?

Lmfao look at this comment

I’m so confused because this is a genuine meal in England? is this some inside usa joke i dont get or something

The joke is that ya’ll had the nerve to invade 90% of the earth for spices and then not use a single one.

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the white people comments just have me in tears they have no idea

"Do poc not eat chicken and vegetables" lmfaooooooo

They steamed all this shit