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.
Holy fuck someone who actually understands design, sexism, and how they intersect? Yesssss
This reminds me of a NAACP PSA I saw years ago that I found very powerful but which is relevant to this discussion.
It was a still shot of a black man, facing forward, very much like a mugshot (although shot with a backdrop like a portrait). Neck-up, no clothing visible. One at a time, lines of text appear to the side of him:
Christopher Jones (or whatever his name was) Armed Robbery Assault with a Deadly Weapon Assault & Battery Grand Theft Auto Arrested June 5 by Officer Thomas Johnson …pause… Shown here.
You were supposed to be all OOOOOOH I assumed that the black man pictured was the felon being discussed. Which is yes, an assumption that deserves interrogation. But he was literally the only face on the screen and they started with the name and the rap sheet. The assumption isn’t solely based on racial prejudice. I’m now imagining how the ad could have been better by the presence of two men, one of them white and the other black, and somehow indicating which was the officer and which was the felon.
I got it.
You start with the two men’s faces. As the words appear between them - equidistant from each - the camera slowly pulls back
During the pause after “Officer Thomas Johnson” the zoom out speeds up enough that you see that the black man is the in a police uniform.
Seeing a looooooot of discourse around CompassRose this last week and a lot of it seems… really misinformed on what exactly it entails? So I’m throwing this here as a sort of breakdown for anyone that want’s to know more about it. so maybe you can stop attacking people for literally no reason whatsoever
Hi can we talk about how minors in the Oscar/Ozpin fandom will say to adults “hey can you please not ship a 15 year old with a man who is suspected to be in his 30’s and who lives in this child’s head, it makes me uncomfortable” and then these adults who are doing this throw a temper tantrum about it like a 2 year old.
You don’t care about the opinions of minors, you’re just a creep. And the fact that some of you guys way of justifying it is “well it’s legal in my country!” Makes it even more suspicious
And then y’all wonder why people stay away from you
While I wouldn’t be quite this dynamic in my response (calling people creepy es no bueno, even if that’s what you feel), I do have thoughts on this.
I’m so conflicted because I have lots of close RG friends who ship Oz as part of the dynamic (CompassRose is what it’s called) but I just… can’t. I really want to be able to enjoy their POV and stuff but I just… can’t. It honestly triggers me too, even though I’ve tried my hardest to get over it.
But I’ve found that the best thing to do is withdraw and take a breath. Bullying them will not make you feel better. Belittling them will not make them change.
Learn to accept that some people are fine (and enjoy) with ships like that. It’s not worth it to hold that against someone whose company you enjoy.
That being said, part of the reason I took a break from RG was because of this. I got too triggered because it came up too often. So please, if you ship this, I will still love you but refrain from talking about it in my presence. I’m not trying to be selfish, but I have honestly tried my hardest to understand y’all’s point of view, and it did not change the fact that it triggers me. I get a strong emotional response when this shipping idea is discussed that I cannot control. It’s why I step back.
So, if you don’t want me to step back more, please take your CompassRose talks somewhere other than exclusively RG places (chats, discord, etc). Thank you my friends.
I’m really sad seeing your take here @p1exieglasses. I know we never talked much before but I feel like this is a really unfair representation of the Rosegarden community and your “friends”. Most people who you say ship CompassRose, don’tship it. I’m sorry that us acknowledging that Ozpin currently exists in Oscar’s brain and considering how that can create issues or be dealt with in our favorite ship bothers you and I’m glad you’re taking responsibility for your own wellbeing and stepping away to feel better!
But it’s not fair for you to talk like us discussing that is so horrible and disgusting and equivalent to us discussing that as a ship. We don’t expose minors to NSFW and we don’t even talk about that as an acceptable ship. Because it’s not. Ozpin x Ruby or Ozpin x Oscar, or all together, is something we don’t accept at all. I don’t know if you recall the Scepterno drama, but everyone who discussed it in the RG discord was against their ship art of Oz and Oscar and their NSFW art of RG…
We simply talk about how Ozpin is in Oscar’s head, but if you are upset by it, that’s valid! If you want to feel safer, do step away, do what you feel is best for you! But don’t represent our community in a misleading way. It’s not fair to all of us and especially your friends in the community, who you may not have called out by name but are directing this message to.
About the taking CompassRose talks to places that aren’t “exclusively RG places”: TheRosegarden Discord server is also not entirely an “exclusively RG place”. Yeah, some chats are for RG only, but we also have spaces for other ships and even other fandoms… and we even have members that barely ship it, or don’t ship it at all. And we have made it clear that if members ever want to seriously talk about CompassRose as a ship, like with Bright Eyes (Ruby x Oscar x Penny), should be taken to the chat made specifically for other RWBY ships. But it’s impossible to stop people from bringing Ozpin up in the Rosegarden chats since, whether we like it or not, he is in Oscar’s head.
Overall, I want to say that I understand your feelings about CompassRose and I agree with you. I also don’t like that as a ship (Ozpin was Ruby’s teacher and met her as a 15 year old that personally makes me uncomfortable too, but I also understand that he is in Oscar’s head and the potential interactions he creates, as an issue that creates angst or has to be fixed in other ways.)
You have a right to not like that and feel upset by it. I just wish you would be fairer to your community because we don’t ship it like you say we do.
Since it seems like I will no longer be able to finish this comic (thanks laptop) I’m going to just share what I had shared on the RG Discord server before. It was very fun to try but I’m done with this concept now. Three attempts is more than enough for me!
And sorry for the inconsistent formatting, but I only had a screenshot to work with and honestly no more patience for this. Hopefully those who hadn’t seen it yet can maybe enjoy the idea for this :,)
Thank you to everyone who gave suggestions and voted! Here is the October 2021 Week prompt list! You can choose one or both of the prompts for each day. Use the tag #rgweek oct 2021 for your posts so everyone can find your work for it. And most importantly, have fun!
Prompts | #rgweek oct 2021
Halloween / Farm Life 🌲
Married Life / Assassin 🌹
Confessions / Mythology AU 🌲
Warrior in the Woods / Genderbent AU 🌹
Realization / Song Inspiration 🌲
Final Battle / The Hound 🌹 30th October: Free Day / Crossover
man i am *vibing* with the glowy blue lights and going woosh woosh sketchy brush strokes wooooosh
anyway this was spawned by an ask a little while ago about a derivative of my ‘The Reaper and the Wizard’ AU and has now spiraled into a whole new au that now needs a name. (these were supposed to be just sketches but now their pseudo-sketches-concept art what)
but basically it’s a modern au with a secret magical society. Oscar is a dorky high schooler by day and an equally dorky wizard’s apprentice by night. and one day he accidentally summoned (the grim reaper? a reaper? some ill-defined but stupidly powerful magical mumbo jumbo spirit? idk) that is Ruby
i’m not sure where i’m going with this one but eventually at some point Oscar has to smuggle her to his school in regular clothes that he borrowed from Nora and extreme awkwardness ensues.
anyone have ideas for this?
Here have a next day reblog of all the extra things I’ve thought of since the first posting:
- Oscar is a wizard apprentice, specifically Ozpin’s. The two of them live together (he might be Oscar’s uncle? or some distant relative) after Ozpin took Oscar in when he became an orphan. The scene above takes place in Ozpin’s secret magical vault basement that no one’s supposed to know about. When he isn’t secretly learning magic, he’s a high school freshman with only three friends that are all older than him (Jaune, Ren, and Nora).
- Ozpin is a hermit wizard that may or may not have done something illegal/morally gray amongst the magic community, thus he is banned from it and also possibly hiding from their law enforcement. By the magic community’s standards he is absolutely not supposed to take an apprentice and it would be very bad if any of them found out about Oscar.
-Ruby is a half-reaper half-demon. Summer was a reaper and Tai is a demon (specifically an ifrit). Ruby takes after her mother and has all the powers of a Reaper, but none of a demon. Despite not having any outward manifestation of demonic attributes, when she is summoned by Oscar she is also accidentally bound to him. This is only possible because of her demonic heritage, because while reapers cannot be bound by rituals demons can.
Now as for what the rest of WBYJNPR are doing; basically it’s a collision of different stereotyped masquerade societies that, up till the point of Oscar bringing a reaper to school with him, had managed to avoid outing themselves to each other.
-Yang and Ruby are still half sisters. They are also both half-reaper half-demons, since Raven (and Qrow too) are also reapers. Unlike Ruby, Yang manifested powers as a demon and is classified as such. The two of them are still very close.
- Blake is a normal human that was lured into a shady cult that was into some dark magic shit. When she started to get uncomfortable and speak out against the cult’s more blatantly evil acts, they decided to use her as a human sacrifice to summon a demon. But see, the demon the cult ends up summoning is Yang. Yang doesn’t take too kindly to her summoning method, and ends up killing all the cultists and freeing Blake. Then she sticks around because she gets interested in Blake. This happens a couple of months before Ruby is summoned by Oscar.
-Weiss is from a family of prominent wizards that are very important within the magical community. It would be very bad if her family found out about Oscar and Ozpin living in her neighborhood.
-Jaune is a medium, he can talk to dead people. He is totally unware that magic is real and thinks he’s the only one that’s 'weird.’ The ghost that helps him with navigating his powers/is his supportive friend is Pyrrha.
-Nora is an alien. She fell from the sky ten years ago and crashed into Ren’s backyard. She’s been hiding from government agencies ever since. She’s also not really sure where she came from or why she’s there, but has been pretty content to live amongst the humans, even if it was a steep learning curve to get started.
-Ren is an empath. Part of the reason he and Nora were able to get along so well at first was that he could use his abilities to communicate with her at the beginning, when she couldn’t understand any human language or culture and she couldn’t communicate what she wanted with words.
^^with the exceptions of Yang and Ruby knowing each other as sisters and Ren and Nora knowing each other since childhood, all of the above think they are the only supernatural ones in their whole school. Most of them are not even aware that there are supernatural communities outside of their own specific weirdness. So basically WBJNPR managed to go through four years of high school without accidentally spilling their secrets to each other, until that one freshman kid messed it all up
I’ve been rereading ‘The Story of the Seasons’ recently I realized I liked it a lot more than I thought I did. It’s just?? really sweet? My first read-through I thought it was kind of 'meh,’ but even if it’s a little corny it’s just a really uplifting story.
Originally this was going to be something for 'The Reaper and the Wizard’ AU, and the Oz that was supposed to appear in this was hermit wizard, but the power of rosegarden brainrot is strong and it ended up being Oscar. Not complaining though, there’s no such thing as too much rosegarden.
anyway I’m riding an art high because this is the coolest thing I’ve ever made. I’m having a good day, y'all have a good day too
Unfortunately we couldn’t include them all. Like last time, prompts that were the same or very similar to past RG Weeks’ prompts weren’t included. And ones that were similar were combined under one prompt that will hopefully allow for lots of creativity from you all! Also, like last time, we are having the 7th day include both Free Day and Crossover, so any prompts that involve crossovers can be done on that day.
Vote results will be announced on the 15th of the August with the final prompt list!
My cintiq aint working so I’m working on my ipad for now. Anyway, have Genshin Gojohime AU. Satoru is the Electro Archon and Utahime is his priestess. Together they’ve been guiding Inazuma to eternity for 2000 years.
real talk something i have to keep learning and i think a lot of you guys are like me: your friends shouldnt be intimidating. if you see all of your friends chillin in a discord vc, dont just sit there and think damn they are all hanging out without me theyre playing games without me they dont want to talk to me. just join the vc homie. if they didnt want you to talk to them they would privatly call. if u wanna play a gane and nobody has asked u to play a game that just means u can be the one to ask to play a game. a majority of the time ur friends are not sitting there thinking about how much they dont want to hang out with you
also its ok to be the one to initiate all conversations. i love talking to my friends but its not on my mind 24 hours a day. if someone sends me a message im like oh yeah my cool friend who i like messaged me we get 2 talk now
Hello I just wanna say I hope you’re safe during these times.
Ahhh that’s really sweet, thank you so much! 🧡
I’ve been safe, just busy with uni and going into different fandoms so not a lot of activity here on tumblr. I’ll be free again soon though, so hopefully I’ll work on more stuff to post here and show that I’m alive XD