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(LifeSiteNews) — An actress known for playing a role in Marvel films recently criticized Hollywood for praising masculinity in women and belittling it in men. She also questioned why the industry treats feminine men as idols while simultaneously “debasing” similar traits in women.

Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope van Dyne/the Wasp in Marvel’s Ant-Man series as well as Tauriel in The Hobbit trilogy, posted a lengthy reflection on Instagram last week questioning why Hollywood has turned to belittling men and women unless portraying traits of the opposite sex.

“Why are we only applauding masculinity in women and villainizing it in men?” Lilly wrote. “And why are we only applauding femininity in men and debasing it in women?”

“Why can’t we just allow for all of it? Why do we feel the need to vilify a man wearing s***-kicker boots, driving a pickup truck who’s not afraid to punch someone in the face, but if they were a woman, they would be the epitome of cool? Why is a man who loves make-up, cries easily and stays at home to tend to the domestic responsibilities valiant, but a woman who does the same is pathetic?”

Lilly then called for allowing men and women to practice traditional gender roles without shame, saying that society should “teach grace and charity above all things.”

“These overarching ideas are far simpler and more effective than trying to juggle the minutia of judgment,” the post continues. “They are ideas that protect us all from the excesses of each person’s vices while still allowing the expression of their self [sic].”

“Grace and charity are cornerstones of a thriving society and should not be abandoned. We need them like we need democracy, justice and peace. And, without them, we can’t have democracy, justice or peace.”

Lilly concluded her post by quoting St. Augustine: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

The actress’s words come amid a growing trend in Hollywood to promote the LGBT agenda. In 2015, LifeSiteNews reported on data that showed a record high in homosexuality portrayed in Hollywood films, with almost 16% of movies produced in 2014, including at least one homosexual, lesbian or bisexual character.

After the release of the final movie in Marvel’s popular Avengers series in 2019, the franchise announced an LGBT-themed subplot for another film centered around the iconic superhero Thor. Disney, which owns Marvel, has a substantial history of pushing the LGBT agenda in its movies and TV shows, including through cartoons for preschoolers, sequels to classic animations, and remakes of decades-old shows.

More recently, Disney continued its downhill spiral of caving to woke ideologies by introducing a teenager who is romantically attracted to another boy in a storyline which turned out to be a box office flop.

Lilly’s message also comes alongside society’s push to embrace gender ideology and blur the lines between masculinity and femininity thanks to transgenderism. Notably, Dylan Mulvaney, a gender-confused man who attracted international attention for his “days of girlhood” TikTok series, has become the face of femininity for woke culture. While obtaining profitable partnerships from major corporations such as Kate Spade and Nike, Mulvaney’s greatest controversy involves Bud Light. The company has lost 26% of its sales so far due to an ongoing boycott of the brand, suggesting that many people agree with Lilly’s criticism of praising men pretending to be women.


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