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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Escher Girls and Hawkeye sitting in a tree

punkcub:

eschergirls:

flintlock:

eschergirls:

unrelatedstatus:

eschergirls:

So that “turn female characters into Hawkeye” thing I linked to has now apparently turned into a full blown thing, which is awesome. xD  For those that don’t know about it:

http://thehawkeyeinitiative.tumblr.com/

That’s the tumblr for it and

http://kotaku.com/5965037

That’s the Kotaku article about it. :)

It also makes me happy that a lot of pictures from the Escher Girls archives are there. :D  Part of why I made this blog is so that whenever people needed images like this, there’s a handy archive for it, and I’m glad people are using it!

I ship Eschergirls and The Hawkeye Initiative.

Uh oh.  Nothing good can happen from shipping us. o:

How is contortionist sex not a good thing?

http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/11570068743/this-is-what-it-looks-like-when-action-figures

You mean something like that?  (Just pretend that’s Hawkeye).

somebody take photoshop away from me

Oh my god that expression of hers you chose.

(Look what you started unrelatedstatus!)

In Space: Nobody can hear your spine snap.

Avellion submitted:

So The latest update to the Star Trek MMO also saw the addition of this gem to their website art. This unbalanced lady is now trapped mid faceplant across their front page. 

The best part: This is what they were using before. 

Maybe we should have a “put Commander Riker in this pose” instead of Hawkeye for this one.

Commander Riker’s manly chest hair sparkle pose

betterbemeta submitted:

eschergirls:

Avellion submitted:

So The latest update to the Star Trek MMO also saw the addition of this gem to their website art. This unbalanced lady is now trapped mid faceplant across their front page. 

Maybe we should have a “put Commander Riker in this pose” instead of Hawkeye for this one.

Is this okay?
Okay?  That’s amazing.  This is my new favourite thing. <3
(edited the picture so when you click on it it gives you the big version :) )
kitty-cat-angel:

Jumping on the Hawkeye bandwagon here. Someone specifically asked for the Rob Liefield picture.
How do I shot anatomy?

The sad part is even with that level of snakey, he&#8217;s still like twice the mass and half the bent of the original.  Also, I think he needs pyramid pecs.

kitty-cat-angel:

Jumping on the Hawkeye bandwagon here. Someone specifically asked for the Rob Liefield picture.

How do I shot anatomy?

The sad part is even with that level of snakey, he’s still like twice the mass and half the bent of the original.  Also, I think he needs pyramid pecs.

okaysional:

I accidentally Hawkeye Initiative…….
I lost some crack in favour of more cheek. That is a very odd sentence
Original:


Love it.

okaysional:

I accidentally Hawkeye Initiative…….

I lost some crack in favour of more cheek. That is a very odd sentence

Original:

image

Love it.

Paul Sizer submitted:

Paul Sizer&#8217;s HAWKEYE INITIATIVE submission
I love your Tumblr, and I wanted to share my take on poor Hawkeye having to pose in the manner of comic women, like Red Monika from BATTLECHASERS as drawn by Joe Mad!

OMG that&#8217;s great.  His pec isn&#8217;t as odd as her breast, but still, awesome.
Paul Sizer’s HAWKEYE INITIATIVE submission

I love your Tumblr, and I wanted to share my take on poor Hawkeye having to pose in the manner of comic women, like Red Monika from BATTLECHASERS as drawn by Joe Mad!

OMG that’s great.  His pec isn’t as odd as her breast, but still, awesome.

dutchbag:

I made one too.

Sorry, I don’t  like Hawkeye so I did Steve and Tony.

There’s nothing wrong with variety. :D

Thoughts On “The Hawkeye Initiative”

sylviasybil:

girlinfourcolors:

On tumblr, polerin elaborates:

There’s some really nasty shit lurking not too far under the surface of some of the drawings. In some cases, like the ones where they switch clothes, it’s not even too deep.

Making choices of clothing based in femininity/femme-ness on a dood isn’t a context free choice. Doubly so when you are mocking something. It relies on the deep history of cissexism and oppositional sexism in our culture. Even if that’s not the intent of the artist, it is impossible to look at these drawings and not have all the jokes about guys wearing women’s clothing or “acting like a girl” come up. That’s the POINT of these drawings.

And that point pins trans women to the wall as a side effect of (rightly) critiquing the sexism in comics.

Despite the best of intentions, the vibe comes across as really anti-femme, anti-trans women, and ultimately, anti-women. After all, if we’re unable to talk about the mistreatment of women without bringing men into the picture, what does that really say about us? If we’re unable to talk about the mistreatment of women without considering how it effects all women, what does that really say about us?

However. Putting men in women’s clothing and poses can quickly and easily slot into homophobic and transphobic ideas about the “proper” way to do masculinity and the obligation to do so. As said above, even if the artist’s intentions are pure, the image can still provoke bigoted reactions in the audience. Art is not created in a vacuum.

The Hawkeye Initiative is challenging the connection between femininity and sexualization, but it’s like a hydra - while you’re cutting off the “women shouldn’t be considered sex objects” head, the “sexualized men must only be doing it for the gay male gaze” and “men acting like women is unnatural and wrong” heads are coming up behind you.

I wasn’t originally going to reblog or post about this because the original post is by my friend (girlinfourcolors who I think is awesome) and Escher Girls is mentioned, and I don’t want people to think I’m talking about this because I’m jealous or anything (in fact I promoted the HI).

But ultimately, this is something that’s been bothering me lately too, and that means enough to me that I want to say something.  I chose to reblog both the above posts because I think they both say important things, but to avoid a conflict of interest (and an endorsement of everything in the posts which could risk a derail), I just snipped the parts that concerned what I wanted to talk about. 

First, I want to say, yes I did post some of the stuff that may be also problematic.  I was operating by the same “I post all fan art submitted to me” principle I use for the redraws, AND I’m also not immune to feeling pressure to go along with something that’s popular. :\  I admit that fully. 

And I like the Hawkeye Initiative and it’s goals.  This is not about every picture, it’s about some of them.  Specifically the ones where the only source of humor seems to be that Hawkeye is dressed in a crop top & high heels (this particular one was of a civilian character, not a superheroine), or that he’s kissing Batman, and other posts like those.  Such posts make me uncomfortable because I thought the point was to show that Hawkeye (dressed as Hawkeye) in a pose would look ridiculous, not that a man in high heels or a crop top would look funny.  Hawkeye in thong battle armor (like women) shows how ridiculous that armor is, but if he’s just in tight pants, a crop top and heels, or kissing another man… the humour is coming from “oh my god a man in women’s clothing” and “oh my god a man being sexual with another man”, and I think that’s pretty problematic.  Catwoman kissing Batman isn’t wrong just because Hawkeye looks wrong kissing Batman to some people, neither is a non-hero woman in crop top, tight jeans and heels, in a non fighting situation.

I know I have a platform, so I often am hesitant to blog about these things because I don’t want people to think I’m preaching from the mount, or saying that something is inherently wrong or broken because of an issue in it (which people seem to assume sometimes).  I also fear making the blog all about me, so I try to restrict it to just posting pictures.  But I’m also a trans woman, and I’ve gotten abuse and mockery (along with violent threats) because early on in my transition people thought “a man in high heels!” or “a man wearing women’s clothing!”, and this sort of humor makes me really uncomfortable, and meaning to or not plays into age old tropes that harm trans people.  I wasn’t going to say anything, but when my friend said something, I realized this was important enough to me that I should too. 

And again, I do like the Hawkeye Initiative.  And I’m not telling anybody what to do, but just adding something to think about regarding it.  This is not saying the HI is innately problematic, or anything about most of the people participating, but that we also need to discuss these things and that some people may be taking the wrong message away from HI.  That’s all. :) 

Edit: The Disqus comments are closed because this is obviously a very personal issue for me, and I know it will take a lot of out of me mentally and emotionally to read the comments, reply to them, and also to moderate them.

Edit 2: Revenge of the Fallen: People seem to be not reading my post.  I’m speaking specifically of ones where it’s not a heroine, she’s not in a chainmail bikini, she’s in jeans and a tight t-shirt and it’s just a regular woman in a non-heroic situation. 

wedgekun submitted:

That Psylocke pose is a totally practical battle pose you guys, see? (Wreck it Ralph, done by Wedgekun) ((PS: the submission form won&#8217;t let me link more than one image, but I&#8217;m guessing you can tell right away which psylocke pose I am referencing here XD)) 


That&#8217;s the picture the submitter is referring to btw.

wedgekun submitted:

That Psylocke pose is a totally practical battle pose you guys, see? (Wreck it Ralph, done by Wedgekun) 
((PS: the submission form won’t let me link more than one image, but I’m guessing you can tell right away which psylocke pose I am referencing here XD)) 

That’s the picture the submitter is referring to btw.

sometimesimakenicethings:

So for the 30 Day Art Improvement Challenge Day Two: Draw Something from a Reference, link to reference. I decided I would sorta cheat and use this and redraw it in order to fix the horribleness of it all. 

I found two solutions:

1. Sketch out the anatomy, attempt to pose in the same position, trace your own anatomy, super impose your anatomy over the drawing, attempt to redraw with a less ridiculous costume

OR

2. Replace Deathkiss with Hawkeye

I like that you drew both. :)