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Star Wars' official Facebook account schools fan bothered by lack of 'feminine' armor

Star Wars is currently running a contest for fans to promote their own images of Captain Phasma, a somewhat mysterious character from The Force Awakens.

This, for reference, is Captain Phasma:

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"Not to be sexist but it's really hard to tell that's female armor for me," someone said on the page. The official account was pretty quick to respond.

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Just in case you were wondering if official accounts could drop mics, there's your answer.

Another fan said that the army was working on armor specifically for women soldiers, as the existing designs that were designed for male bodies may be uncomfortable. Whoever is running the official Star Wars account didn't think this was a major concern. "That's an interesting point, Tom. We're willing to bet that Phasma's fits her just fine," they responded. "It's clearly custom-made."

Captain Phasma is played by Gwendoline Christie, who you may know as Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones.

The whole conversation brings up an interesting point about women in roles that are traditionally held by men in science fiction stories. Why would armor have to be designed to make sure the viewer knew the person inside was a woman? Why would the design of armor, outside of the plates fitting comfortably, need to call out the gender of the person inside at all? The idea that viewers need to have body armor gender coded for some odd reason doesn't make much sense, and it's nice to see the official account strike the idea down so quickly.

As for when the next trailer is coming?

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