It's no surprise to anyone with eyeballs that, when it comes to superhero costumes, male and female heroes are dressed totally differently.
Male superheroes get body armor, cool capes, and war corsets; female superheroes tend to get booty shorts, push-up bras, and body paint.
Kind of hard to vanquish evil while teetering around in stilettos, right?
Well. Evangeline Lilly, star of the upcoming Marvel movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp," has had it up to HERE with sexist costume double-standards — and she's calling it out.
"Do I have the most comfortable suit in the MCU?" Lilly says began to wonder. "OR have men not had the life experience of being uncomfortable for the sake of looking good?"
*stokes imaginary beard while sipping tea*
Showing off one of her extremely high heels, Lilly explained that women are taught to accept fashion-related discomfort as a part of life, whereas men are not.
She seems to think that when men find themselves in uncomfortable outfits for long periods of time — like when they're playing a superhero in a Marvel movie — it's a shock to them. Almost everything about the way men are taught to dress is about comfort and practicality.
Lilly thinks this is part of the reason why so many male superheroes complain LOUDLY about their costumes.
"They're like 'What is this? This sucks! Why? Why do I have to go through this?'" she said. "Whereas a woman is just like, 'I don't know, this is normal. I wear heels to work, I'm uncomfortable all day. You get used to it, you just tune it out.'"
It's interesting to see so many of Marvel's female stars calling out the sexist double-standards inherent in how female superheroes are presented.
Let's be clear — it is hardly the biggest problem in the world that the stars of billion-dollar movie franchises have to wear some awkward outfits sometimes. But it's interesting to see the ways that sexism isn't just baked into costuming, but into our very ideas about how men and women are expected to relate to their clothing.
Men generally approach fashion expecting that their choices will be comfortable and practical. When those expectations are not met — say, when male actors have to wear a Batman suit and it's a little painful — their discomfort is a front-page story.
Women don't have that luxury. Women are taught that to be beautiful is to be in pain almost all the time. Spanx, corsets, shoes that hurt, jeans that are too tight, body con dresses, fabrics that itch, rub, or poke, bras, awkward underwear, the never-ending tyranny of dieting, processing the hair on our head while waxing the hair on our bodies... everything women do to look "good" by conventional standards is achieved through some measure of pain.
If a female celebrity wears an uncomfortable costume, that's not news — it's a fact of life.
In fact, the reason people are talking about Evangeline Lilly's Wasp costume isn't because it's especially uncomfortable, but because it isn't. Her character's costume in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is, apparently, simply a female version of Ant-Man's unitard.
In a Marvel universe where even the Scarlet Witch wears a cleavage corset, that's pretty remarkable — and sad, when it's not pain caused by a costume that's noteworthy, but the lack of it.