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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Secret agents who could dislocate their shoulders and hips at will would be dangerous indeed.

Secret agents who could dislocate their shoulders and hips at will would be dangerous indeed.

Her left side looks like it exists in another space-time continuum than her right side.

Her left side looks like it exists in another space-time continuum than her right side.

I’m not an astrophysicist… but wouldn’t it be even harder, if not impossible to do boobs and butt with no gravity?

I’m not an astrophysicist… but wouldn’t it be even harder, if not impossible to do boobs and butt with no gravity?

I think this statuette was made too early in the sequence.  The better one would have been when she hides behind that wall with her sniper rifle, picking off the people chasing her and looking awesome :D  (but that’s probably not sexy enough)

I think this statuette was made too early in the sequence.  The better one would have been when she hides behind that wall with her sniper rifle, picking off the people chasing her and looking awesome :D  (but that’s probably not sexy enough)

Comic book covers should not be a gun away from looking like a porn movie poster.

Comic book covers should not be a gun away from looking like a porn movie poster.

robinade:

gingerhaze:

Okay I can’t tell what’s funnier: the fact that she is confronting this person with the mighty power of her right butt cheek, or THAT GUN. THAT GUN.
Also when lady heroes just kind of hover with their legs and butts akimbo. So great.


I DREW AN IRON MAN. HE SO EMPOWERED AND SEXY WITH HIS BUTT CHEEKS.

Remember that Black Widow cover I put up a few days ago?  This is an amazing redraw of what it’d look like with a male character in the pose, and just how ridiculous the pose is.

robinade:

gingerhaze:

Okay I can’t tell what’s funnier: the fact that she is confronting this person with the mighty power of her right butt cheek, or THAT GUN. THAT GUN.

Also when lady heroes just kind of hover with their legs and butts akimbo. So great.

Iron Man is on his knees, twisted to face the viewer with his butt sticking out enticingly

I DREW AN IRON MAN. HE SO EMPOWERED AND SEXY WITH HIS BUTT CHEEKS.

Remember that Black Widow cover I put up a few days ago?  This is an amazing redraw of what it’d look like with a male character in the pose, and just how ridiculous the pose is.

(Source: eschergirls)

I know the instinct is to feel bad for Black Widow for breaking her spine, but actually, Hawkeye’s the one in trouble: he’s about to go splat while Black Widow will spin like a helicopter and fly away to safety.

I know the instinct is to feel bad for Black Widow for breaking her spine, but actually, Hawkeye’s the one in trouble: he’s about to go splat while Black Widow will spin like a helicopter and fly away to safety.

New boomerang shaped superheroes: Will always return after thrown!

New boomerang shaped superheroes: Will always return after thrown!

boobytrapzap:

fuckyeah-nerdery:


Black Widow: Deadly Origin — #02

This is what happens when male comic book artists try to draw woman. This is also why we can’t have nice things.

Comic book artists agree: Women do not have spines.

There’s a “In Soviet Russia…” joke in here somewhere.
(brought to my attention by dotcomslashpost)

boobytrapzap:

fuckyeah-nerdery:

Black Widow: Deadly Origin — #02

This is what happens when male comic book artists try to draw woman. This is also why we can’t have nice things.

Comic book artists agree: Women do not have spines.

There’s a “In Soviet Russia…” joke in here somewhere.

(brought to my attention by dotcomslashpost)

(Source: spoopykopis)

Who is it really for?

drneverland submitted:

I wanted to submit something in light of the recent argument about who comic books were “for.” Were they porn for horny teenage boys, or action stories for everyone?

I found this book at the retail store I work in:

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This is a real “early reader” book, for kids who are learning to read through the “level” system of books. Level 2 is Intermediate Readers. Kids in Kindergarten to maybe 1st grade (age range is obviously not fixed; older kids who struggle to read could need the level 2 books just as a preschooler might have advanced to level 2 before kindergarten. Just putting that disclaimer out there).

Look at all the Avengers. All the male characters are facing the camera. Black Widow, however, is not twisted as badly as your standard-fair Escher Girl. But, her body is in profile enough to show a boob and side-butt. The anatomy isn’t horrible - her head might be a little over-twisted, but she might have super assassin-swivel-neck.

Since I was working, I couldn’t thumb through it properly to see further treatment of BW in the book, but the cover made me think of this blog.

So, is that pose for yet-to-be-horny-teenage-boys, or dads reading along with their kids?

I think that pose just shows how women being posed with their butt to the action has become the way we think women should be posed in action stuff, and that the cover artist probably wasn’t thinking of her being fap material, but subconsciously thought of that pose because it seemed “right”.

I think this book (and the existence of tons of books aimed at young children) pretty much debunks the idea that superheroes are simply a 15 year old hetero boy’s sexual fantasy.  If that were true, prepubescent boys should have no interest in superhero fantasies or wanting to be a superhero and we know that’s not true (to say nothing of hetero boys and men who don’t feel that way, or hetero women and girls, etc etc etc) and such fantasies would not be marketed to them.

Not that that idea needed debunking, and the history of comic books and who they were produced for and who was buying them in the past already debunks that, but I just wanted to segue into that since we were on the topic of superhero books aimed at young children. :)