This great Tumblr blog collates and critiques the frequently absurd representations of women in comics. This is an issue which seems to have come to new-found prominence partly through social media, with the much shared Avengers graphic below only the tip of the iceberg as far as online critique and parody is concerned. However Escher Girls (subtitle: “float like a buttlerfly, sting like a WTF?”) addresses the more extreme aspects of this beyond the sexualisation that is disturbing in its ubiquity. It’s quite shocking to see these representations of anatomically impossible women, with figures that would require a complete lack of internal organs, presented adjacent to one another. They seem much more mundane, less pronounced in their sinister absurdity, when embedded in the comic itself – or so I write as a 29 year old male who’s been reading comics like this for two decades… read the blog here and see what you think – also marvel at the nastiness of the legal threats directed towards the author by one of the artists whose work she is critiquing.
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