A while back I was referred to an amazing Tumblr blog called Escher Girls, and ever since I first saw it I have found places to bring it up in normal conversation. I’m not a woman, but I’ve become increasingly annoyed by depictions of women in media. Movies like Snow White and the Huntsman or TV shows like Girls are a step in the right direction, but they are still fighting an uphill battle.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in the male-dominated, fantasy-fulfilling arena of comic books. Many comic book fans will point the the inherent inclusivity of comic books. These are stories about outsiders, for outsiders. The problem is that they have often come from a very specific male mindset. Sure, there are plenty of female heroes now, but how can that be a good thing when they are depicted as nothing more than absurdly sexualized creatures? Escher Girls exposes this with dry wit and provides an important service for those unaware of just how bad comics are in this regard. Click to read more.