Escher Girls

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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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 Syou-are-bolin submitted:





By Stjepan Seji, who worked on Witchblade. I figured that this picture and what he has to say is pretty relevant to this blog! You can read more of his interesting commentary on the DC reboot and female characters here. 





"i am a great believer that sexuality in comics serves a purpose, and works best when earned through character development.
it is supposed to be subservient to the story, it needs to be given a better purpose than just… hey, look sex!”
That part is good commentary! It’s what people keep saying about superhero comic art: it’s not that sex is inherently bad, it’s when sex becomes the main focus of character design, costume design, panel construction (the angles you choose, the focus, etc) and just the default way female characters seem to be portrayed that is an issue.
Edit: I do have a problem with him saying that the costumes are “slutty” though.  I didn’t quote that part of his commentary for that reason, but I didn’t read what was in the picture, so I want to note that I do find it problematic to be using words like “slut”, “whore” etc to describe characters being ridiculously sexualized in comics because those are words used to put down actual women (for our choices, bodies, professions, etc), while these are fictional depictions whose costumes/poses/etc are chosen by the creators/publishers. 

 Syou-are-bolin submitted:

By Stjepan Seji, who worked on Witchblade. I figured that this picture and what he has to say is pretty relevant to this blog! You can read more of his interesting commentary on the DC reboot and female characters here.

"i am a great believer that sexuality in comics serves a purpose, and works best when earned through character development.

it is supposed to be subservient to the story, it needs to be given a better purpose than just… hey, look sex!”

That part is good commentary! It’s what people keep saying about superhero comic art: it’s not that sex is inherently bad, it’s when sex becomes the main focus of character design, costume design, panel construction (the angles you choose, the focus, etc) and just the default way female characters seem to be portrayed that is an issue.

Edit: I do have a problem with him saying that the costumes are “slutty” though.  I didn’t quote that part of his commentary for that reason, but I didn’t read what was in the picture, so I want to note that I do find it problematic to be using words like “slut”, “whore” etc to describe characters being ridiculously sexualized in comics because those are words used to put down actual women (for our choices, bodies, professions, etc), while these are fictional depictions whose costumes/poses/etc are chosen by the creators/publishers. 

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