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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cassiesstickerstories submitted:

I found this ad on TopWebcomics.com. I know it’s really stylized, and not even human, but I still can’t imagine her spine should ever be bending this much: 

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Don’t know if you post this kind of thing, but I see this ad whenever I check on my comic ranking and this anatomy REALLY bothers me! Just wanted you to see it.

Yeah, it’s definitely stylized, and she’s a cat girl, so there’s an excuse.  At the same time, you have to wonder if the artist did that because she’s a cat and that’s the style, or if also it’s because she’s a female character.  The sad part is, we see this pose (with the same bent spine) with plenty of non-stylized, non-feline characters too, so I totally understand your “wtf”ness whenever you see this ad. :)

celebrenithil submitted:


Look at this! http://coelasquid.tumblr.com/post/13929817517/poinko-sweetappletea-poinko
I can see the front of her crotch and her buttcheeks at the same time! O_O
If you look long enough, you realize her torso is likely sprouting  out of her right hip…. gosh…. can’t unsee…. I need to stop trying to  figure how that works…

(photo by Diesel Ducy)
This is supposed to make people want to buy it? o_O

Look at this! http://coelasquid.tumblr.com/post/13929817517/poinko-sweetappletea-poinko

I can see the front of her crotch and her buttcheeks at the same time! O_O

If you look long enough, you realize her torso is likely sprouting out of her right hip…. gosh…. can’t unsee…. I need to stop trying to figure how that works…

(photo by Diesel Ducy)

This is supposed to make people want to buy it? o_O

fleetsparrow submitted:

If that’s her shoulder on the far left, I’m not entirely sure what happened to her neck.  Oh god, Pantene, what have you done?

This isn’t an ad for shampoo, it’s an ad for the new Eva Mendes life-like facemask.  Whoever they got to hold it is an excellent hand model, by the way.

fleetsparrow submitted:

If that’s her shoulder on the far left, I’m not entirely sure what happened to her neck.  Oh god, Pantene, what have you done?

This isn’t an ad for shampoo, it’s an ad for the new Eva Mendes life-like facemask.  Whoever they got to hold it is an excellent hand model, by the way.


veraliana submitted:


There is so much wrong with this. From the lack of organs to the butt displacement to the calf about to snap off to the headline.


A) Isn’t this kind of a bad idea?  Using photoshop to set a standard you might not be able to deliver?
B) I wonder if she consented to her image being used, much less being altered.  I (and people I know) have had experiences of dating/sex sites using images of amateur photos without the permission of the owner.
C) “Women who can’t say no” has disturbing implications.  Especially with “can’t” underlined.
Edit: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/16193666201/roundaboutparker-replied-to-your-post-re There was originally some controversy if she’d been photoshopped because this model is well known for having curvy proportions, but somebody did an animated gif with the picture this was taken from and indeed she has been photoshopped. (I added it into the post so you can see without having to go to the other post.)

veraliana submitted:

There is so much wrong with this. From the lack of organs to the butt displacement to the calf about to snap off to the headline.

A) Isn’t this kind of a bad idea?  Using photoshop to set a standard you might not be able to deliver?

B) I wonder if she consented to her image being used, much less being altered.  I (and people I know) have had experiences of dating/sex sites using images of amateur photos without the permission of the owner.

C) “Women who can’t say no” has disturbing implications.  Especially with “can’t” underlined.

Edit: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/16193666201/roundaboutparker-replied-to-your-post-re There was originally some controversy if she’d been photoshopped because this model is well known for having curvy proportions, but somebody did an animated gif with the picture this was taken from and indeed she has been photoshopped. (I added it into the post so you can see without having to go to the other post.)

roundaboutparker replied to your post: Re: Veraliana’s submission
Took this into Photoshop for a quick peek. So here’s a quick gif of the two pictures alternating: i41.tinypic.com/mtp6vn…. - As you can see she’s definitely been Photo-Chopped. Just goes to show how the smalls stuff adds up to WTF.
Thanks for doing this!  I knew she didn’t look the same!  So don’t feel bad Veraliana, you have a good eye. :)  As I said before, why do you need to touch her up even further?  She already had curves and proportions that society sees as attractive, and we have to Liefeld her up?
http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/16171052579/veraliana-submitted-there-is-so-much-wrong-with
That’s the original post that started this 3 part series by the way.
Took this into Photoshop for a quick peek. So here’s a quick gif of the two pictures alternating: i41.tinypic.com/mtp6vn…. - As you can see she’s definitely been Photo-Chopped. Just goes to show how the smalls stuff adds up to WTF.

Thanks for doing this!  I knew she didn’t look the same!  So don’t feel bad Veraliana, you have a good eye. :)  As I said before, why do you need to touch her up even further?  She already had curves and proportions that society sees as attractive, and we have to Liefeld her up?

http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/16171052579/veraliana-submitted-there-is-so-much-wrong-with

That’s the original post that started this 3 part series by the way.

sugarsweetmermaid submitted:

Pictured above: classy, subtle advertising.

I’m guessing that this girl has as much to do with the game as the women in those Evony ads.  Can’t wait until the ads for future Tetris games look something like this.

sugarsweetmermaid submitted:

Pictured above: classy, subtle advertising.

I’m guessing that this girl has as much to do with the game as the women in those Evony ads.  Can’t wait until the ads for future Tetris games look something like this.

Victoria’s Secret is rather gruesome

Glitchy submitted:

I’m not sure if this qualifies, it being an ad and not exactly related to the big 3 (comics, video games… well I guess you could argue it’s “fantasy” art).

Is it just me or is the girl in the middle… broken?

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Not just you, it’s a Photoshop disaster.  It’s scary when ads alter real life to look more like fictitious life.  Usually when we say we want real women’s poses to match up with comics, we mean comics should change, not… Photoshop atrocities.

That middle girl is getting terrifyingly close to:

http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/10191123729/okay-audience-participation-lets-do-a-little

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that.

elkian submitted:

This beauty has been at the top of the mspa site for a while now, and it gets more confusing every time I look.
I think I got the proper tags…

That’s probably the least of a female character I’ve needed to see to realize she’s broken.
Edit: This is no commentary on MSPaint Adventures, this is just the screenshot that was submitted to show that that’s an ad. 

elkian submitted:

This beauty has been at the top of the mspa site for a while now, and it gets more confusing every time I look.

I think I got the proper tags…

That’s probably the least of a female character I’ve needed to see to realize she’s broken.

Edit: This is no commentary on MSPaint Adventures, this is just the screenshot that was submitted to show that that’s an ad. 

I’m not even remotely sure what’s going on here

rheumaticrhetoric submitted:

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But I am entirely sure that I don’t like it.

She’s boob floundering the other way.  This is the first time I’ve seen a boob flounder from the other side.  Impressive.  Most impressive.

I saw this on Food Network today on their “Eat St.” show.   So good, you won’t care what happens to your spine!  Mind you, the food I saw from that truck did look so good, I’d sacrifice my spine for it.  Seriously.  I love spicy food, and that looked heavenly. *-*

I saw this on Food Network today on their “Eat St.” show.   So good, you won’t care what happens to your spine!  Mind you, the food I saw from that truck did look so good, I’d sacrifice my spine for it.  Seriously.  I love spicy food, and that looked heavenly. *-*