Gender is messier than a singular point on a two-dimensional line
It’s worth bringing up that while the vast majority of content we cover is direct comparisons of depictions of cis women to cis men, and the main reason for this is frankly it’s very rare for popular media to create engaging characters that aren’t cis and/or don’t conform to the gender binary.
The complexities of gender along with the complexities of trying to incorporate signifiers in your designs are perhaps yet another great reason to instead focus on other aspects in armor/costume design. Concepts like:
- Practicalities and priorities in combat/adventuring
- Personality traits and personal histories of characters
- Unique or special traits of the world in which the character exists
Basically all the stuff that often gets considered with cis male characters design processes in most media. Then we can have all kinds of characters created with the same sort of depth and respect.
Kind of amazing that we have people who are opposed to this.