Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

This is a blog to archive and showcase the prevalence of certain ways women are depicted in illustrated pop media, specifically how women are posed, drawn, distorted, and/or sexualized out of context, often in ridiculous, impossible or disturbing ways that sacrifice storytelling.

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eg-clark submitted:

Apparently, Jennifer Blood has the ability to contort her torso in completely nonsensical ways for the sake of bad perspective window breaking.

Taking a page from Star Trek, the designers of Assassin Bot 2.0 realized that having it be able to separate into 2 separate parts to attack the enemy could provide an effective tactical advantage.


(Cover of Jennifer Blood: Born Again #1, Dynamite Comics)

submitted:

First image is Shigure, going her boobs and butt battle pose (with strategically ripped clothing).  She’s actually been completely naked in this comic for about 10 chapters or so.

Second image wasn’t given a name.  I’ve decided to go with Centaur McFootballboobs.

Third image is Shizuha.  In addition to having an L shaped spine, also appears to have a nasty wedgie.

Fourth image also wasn’t given a name.  But I believe has one of the most ridiculous costumes I’ve ever seen.

"My god, it’s full of boobs and butt."

On Telltale Games’ Ableist Treatment of Sarah (Spoilers)

lillycaul:

For those who aren’t a fan of this once-amazing series, The Walking Dead Game has always been lauded for its character diversity (with a wide range of different nationalities and racial backgrounds represented, well-written female characters and characters of all ages and body types featured prominently throughout the game).

In Season 2 we encountered Sarah, a Hispanic 15-year-old girl who is neurodivergent and has trouble coping with the horrors of the new world around her.

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Now of course, being a female character and being disabled, she was immediately despised by the majority of the fandom. Slurs were tossed around, people frequently referred to her as “a liability”, and there were frequent posts made on Telltale’s forums, Facebook, Youtube, and elsewhere wishing her dead and hoping for a chance to kill her. This was nothing new - we had seen much of this before, with other female characters in the franchise. However, the ableism was rampant, and people would write essays about how she was “bringing the group down” and why her death would be a “good” thing for the other characters.

(spoilers) Her death came after the player was told several times by a pragmatic character that Sarah was dragging the group down, that she was a weakness, and that she “clearly” didn’t want to live (despite the fact that she screams and cries for help the entire time she’s being eaten). Instead of subverting that character’s pragmatism and showing that people with disabilities can still survive an apocalypse, she is killed even if the player chooses to save her (in a horrible manner, where she is partially crushed under a fallen balcony and then devoured alive by walkers as she screams for help). Her death served to further the already-prevalent fandom belief that disabled people are unnecessary weights holding survivors back, and makes total apocalyptic pragmatism look like a justified belief.

Of course, that made us (Sarah fans) angry and upset, especially considering many of us are ourselves neurodivergent (and several autistic teenage fans headcanoned her as being autistic) and the belief that characters like us are just liabilities is extremely hurtful. But that’s not what’s spurring me to make this post today.

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It’s really awful not just how much of the fanbase thinks that the character should be killed, but that the creators do too, and all because she’s disabled and they consider her annoying and useless.  Really disappointing that they don’t consider there might be neurodivergent fans, especially female ones, who see themselves in her and don’t view her as an annoying burden to be killed off. :\


Anonymous submitted:



From the Senran Kagura JP official website.
Obvious B&B pose aside, I honestly have no idea what’s going on with Katsuragi’s body. Her head and right shoulder look ready to pop off at any moment, and I’m not sure how her unbuttoned shirt sticks to her breasts like that. Maybe it’s some hidden ninja art?

Looking at this makes me think, maybe the comics and video games industries are actually saving humanity.  Because if an alien race tried to invade us by disguising themselves as humans, and they got their idea of what we look like from our media, maybe they’d end up looking like the above character, with a swivel waist and breasts that have cleavage and defy gravity without a bra.  And when they’re caught they’d be like “BUT WHERE DID WE GO WRONNGGGGGGG.”

zhinxy submitted:



Escher Sputnik

General! I am astounded! His mind is resisting the Escher machine’s Anatomical Knowledge Realignment!

Perhaps it is because he has actually seen this woman naked? Or any woman, wearing anything? “
"INCREASE POWER TO POINT SEVEN FIVE!"
Note - On the one hand, this character can canonically lose and then reattach her limbs, and as it’s a representative memory in her ex-lover’s head the attempt to pose her sexy is all fair and etc.
On the other hand, if I were the people who created this panel, I would be attempting to provide evidence I still served a purpose.


Little known fact: imagining sexy tetris blocks is actually a very effective way of resisting mind probes.
(For non Farscape fans, that’s zhinxy paraphasing a Farscape quote at the end.)
(From Farscape: Scorpius #3, Boom! Studios)
Escher Sputnik
General! I am astounded! His mind is resisting the Escher machine’s Anatomical Knowledge Realignment!
Perhaps it is because he has actually seen this woman naked? Or any woman, wearing anything? “

"INCREASE POWER TO POINT SEVEN FIVE!"

Note - On the one hand, this character can canonically lose and then reattach her limbs, and as it’s a representative memory in her ex-lover’s head the attempt to pose her sexy is all fair and etc.

On the other hand, if I were the people who created this panel, I would be attempting to provide evidence I still served a purpose.

Little known fact: imagining sexy tetris blocks is actually a very effective way of resisting mind probes.

(For non Farscape fans, that’s zhinxy paraphasing a Farscape quote at the end.)

(From Farscape: Scorpius #3, Boom! Studios)


crazy-taco-bitch submitted:


Oh My Goddess…
Maybe it’s her ulti?

I like how her body is trying to imitate that crescent moon.  Very fitting.
She’s got kind of a space centaur thing going with the way her back is and the clothes trailing behind her like a tail.
(Lunar Goddess Diana, League of Legends)
Oh My Goddess…

Maybe it’s her ulti?

I like how her body is trying to imitate that crescent moon.  Very fitting.

She’s got kind of a space centaur thing going with the way her back is and the clothes trailing behind her like a tail.

(Lunar Goddess Diana, League of Legends)




Thea submitted:

I see these ads popping up every couple of months - different game, same offensive warnings and “armour”.




Oh wow, they’re recycling Wartune ads for other games now. xD 

For those not familiar with the publisher of Wartune and the way they advertise their games, claimed to be rated 18+ by the ESRB, and use ads with stolen art, check out the Wartune tag.
The MEN ONLY tagline always interests me about what salaciousness these games must hold that us women must be kept away from.

AHHHHH MY DELICATE FEMALE EYES!

Thea submitted:

I see these ads popping up every couple of months - different game, same offensive warnings and “armour”.

Oh wow, they’re recycling Wartune ads for other games now. xD 

For those not familiar with the publisher of Wartune and the way they advertise their games, claimed to be rated 18+ by the ESRB, and use ads with stolen art, check out the Wartune tag.

The MEN ONLY tagline always interests me about what salaciousness these games must hold that us women must be kept away from.

AHHHHH MY DELICATE FEMALE EYES!



ask-the-chilly-climber submitted:



So uh, I’m a bit surprised to see not any Hyperdimension Neptunia stuff on here because of all the butts n’ boobs in these games. Normally, I don’t mind them… But then there’s Purple Heart’s new look for the next game, which I immediately went to this blog after seeing it.



It’s always interesting to me the different ways that can be used to show both breasts and butt on a female character.  Like, sometimes it’s just a strong twist, but sometimes the butt is segueing into the side of her back, or the breasts are drawn on a single side of the body.  She seems like she kinda has all a bit of all 3 going on.
Also that is a very vacuum sealed outfit.
So uh, I’m a bit surprised to see not any Hyperdimension Neptunia stuff on here because of all the butts n’ boobs in these games. Normally, I don’t mind them… But then there’s Purple Heart’s new look for the next game, which I immediately went to this blog after seeing it.

It’s always interesting to me the different ways that can be used to show both breasts and butt on a female character.  Like, sometimes it’s just a strong twist, but sometimes the butt is segueing into the side of her back, or the breasts are drawn on a single side of the body.  She seems like she kinda has all a bit of all 3 going on.

Also that is a very vacuum sealed outfit.

Final Update on the Randy Queen/Escher Girls situation

eschergirls:

Okay, so hopefully this will be the final update on what’s been going on. :)

Since yesterday evening, I have had private email communication with Mr. Queen.  I am satisfied with what he said.  He’s personally apologized to me, and is withdrawing the DMCA takedown complaints against this blog.  I’ve accepted his apology.

As of this post’s writing, Tumblr has not yet restored the content, but I am hoping that they will soon.  I am also checking with them that the now-retracted DMCA complaints will not be counted against Escher Girls or the Tumblr users who submitted content to Escher Girls that was removed.

I consider this situation resolved with the restoration of the removed content, and I wish Mr. Queen well.

If you spread around the initial controversy, please spread this around too.

If you are a media outlet that has been covering this situation, please update the story with these new details.

I know sometimes that the controversy gets a lot of play but people miss the retraction/resolution, and I don’t want that to happen here.

As a sidenote, I discovered today that Tumblr did send me an email explaining what happened about the apparent removal of my post about the initial DMCA takedown requests.  The email was eaten by my spam filter.

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According to the email, Tumblr processed the DMCA takedown against that post and removed it by accident.  They restored the post shortly after, but I assume in the process, all the reblogs were lost.

I hope that clears up something that people had been wondering about. :)

Thank you everybody so much for your support and help during this stressful time, it’s been overwhelming and I feel really touched <3

And again, I want to specifically thank Ken White at Popehat and my amazing lawyer, Kate Andrews for all of their help.  Without both of them, I would have been so lost.

Hopefully this is the last time I will be addressing this situation, and we can all put it in the past and move on.  :)

~Ami Angelwings, owner of Escher Girls

Edit: Changed a bit of the phrasing to be more clear what happened.

Update (Aug 8, 12:40PM): Tumblr has said they’ve now restored all the content removed.  I am making sure nothing has been missed.  If you were one of the users who submitted content & had it removed, I’d encourage you to check with Tumblr that no mark will be held against your account for this incident.  Let me know if there’s still an issue.  Thanks :)

As noted in my edit above, Tumblr has said they’ve now restored all of the content that was removed.  If you’re one of the users who had their content removed, I’d encourage you to check with Tumblr that this won’t be held against your account in the future. 

Final Update on the Randy Queen/Escher Girls situation

Okay, so hopefully this will be the final update on what’s been going on. :)

Since yesterday evening, I have had private email communication with Mr. Queen.  I am satisfied with what he said.  He’s personally apologized to me, and is withdrawing the DMCA takedown complaints against this blog.  I’ve accepted his apology.

As of this post’s writing, Tumblr has not yet restored the content, but I am hoping that they will soon.  I am also checking with them that the now-retracted DMCA complaints will not be counted against Escher Girls or the Tumblr users who submitted content to Escher Girls that was removed.

I consider this situation resolved with the restoration of the removed content, and I wish Mr. Queen well.

If you spread around the initial controversy, please spread this around too.

If you are a media outlet that has been covering this situation, please update the story with these new details.

I know sometimes that the controversy gets a lot of play but people miss the retraction/resolution, and I don’t want that to happen here.

As a sidenote, I discovered today that Tumblr did send me an email explaining what happened about the apparent removal of my post about the initial DMCA takedown requests.  The email was eaten by my spam filter.

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According to the email, Tumblr processed the DMCA takedown against that post and removed it by accident.  They restored the post shortly after, but I assume in the process, all the reblogs were lost.

I hope that clears up something that people had been wondering about. :)

Thank you everybody so much for your support and help during this stressful time, it’s been overwhelming and I feel really touched <3

And again, I want to specifically thank Ken White at Popehat and my amazing lawyer, Kate Andrews for all of their help.  Without both of them, I would have been so lost.

Hopefully this is the last time I will be addressing this situation, and we can all put it in the past and move on.  :)

~Ami Angelwings, owner of Escher Girls

Edit: Changed a bit of the phrasing to be more clear what happened.

Update (Aug 8, 12:40PM): Tumblr has said they’ve now restored all the content removed.  I am making sure nothing has been missed.  If you were one of the users who submitted content & had it removed, I’d encourage you to check with Tumblr that no mark will be held against your account for this incident.  Let me know if there’s still an issue.  Thanks :)