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“Escher Girls”: The Statue of Liberty

Many of those reading this website are, I’m sure, aware of what “Escher girls” are. If you aren’t, I’m here to make your day just a little more sad.

Escher girls are so named after the artist M.C. Escher, who is famous for his physics-defying artwork. Many of his drawings are of realistic things depicted in a spatially unrealistic manner. 

Boobs and butt in the same shot... somehow.

This brings us to Escher girls. These are (typically) girls/women who are drawn in severely unnatural, painful, and certainly unrealistic poses for the sake of emphasizing sex characteristics. Other people have already extensively covered why this is inappropriate. It’s an unrealistic expectation of flexibility and sexiness. It further objectifies women. Bad stuff.

Today’s object of discussion:

Image saved from someone's G+, no idea who to credit for original, but it isn't me.

This is meant to be a joke. I understand that, and I appreciate the joke. What I don’t appreciate is the Escher pose in the right panel. She looks to me like she’s trying to make her hip and her shoulder touch.

There are people out there who don’t believe that climate change is actually occurring. Perhaps more accurately, there are people out there who don’t believe that human beings are having an affect on the changing climate. We who do believe this are on the more broad Team Science.

Team Science already has problems with female inclusion. This site has covered the lack of women in the STEM fields. Similarly, the Atheist community is also experiencing a lack of female inclusion. Team Science and the Atheists DON’T NEED females further alienated from our culture.

Escher girls in comics serve to alienate females from the comic/gaming culture, and this image further alienates females from the culture that respects science. The joke in and of itself is not the problem, it was just poorly executed. If Lady Liberty were in her underwear, standing in her typical pose, with her book and torch still in hand, I would probably have laughed and moved on.

 

Check out the Escher Girls tumblr for more ridiculosity.

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Lux is a female genderqueer weirdo, writing from Kansas. They happily identify as a militant atheist(+), feminist and liberal. Their time is consumed with Doctor Who, reading, and playing WoW with a cat on their lap. If you're lucky, you might catch them smithing jewellery or cleaning something.

2 Comments

  1. May 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm —

    Also try “LessTitsNAss”, where artists correct Escher poses into less spinebreaking ones!

    http://lesstitsnass.tumblr.com/

    • May 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm —

      Thanks so much! A lot of those are much better after being tweaked.

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