Captain Marvel shows the modern, systemic sexism that we still see, and that is why I think people are turning into, dare I say, “snowflakes” about it. In WW, society tells Diana to wear a frilly crinoline and dress, that women shouldn’t go to war, and that love and compassion is not enough. These aren’t really things that I can relate to, as a modern day 20 something woman, but I can respect and revere Diana as a strong female figure and hero.
Carol got catcalled. I got catcalled last week. She was told to sit down and control her emotions. Hillary, AOC, Kamala...they’ve all had their abilities questioned because of their so called female emotions. Meanwhile men on both sides of the political spectrum are screaming and howling. Carol was knocked down and ridiculed by men at her profession, something we have all endured. When she finally found herself - the man told her that HE is proud of HER success, and that she needs to let go of her innate abilities and talents, lower herself to his level, and prove herself to him. He changed the rules right as she won, invalidated her victories, and took credit for her success. Which reminds me of Taylor Swift’s second AOTY Grammy win, where she encouraged girls to not let anyone take credit for their hard work and success.
Sexism is ugly. Sexism hurts. Sexism comes in the form of microaggressions and societal norms that are not there to help us as a gender. Captain Marvel subtlety put those sexist moments in their film, the same way we see them in our day to day life. Nobody is beating us around the head with a bat labeled SEXISM!!!, but those little things here or there are.