I find it telling that in comics, the women are able to wear these tight skimpy costumes, where the men have to wear costumes that cover up more.

It’s like they’re saying for women, a thin layer of cloth is all the protection their crotch needs. Really, they don’t even need that. They could just as easily fight with no pants on, without a weak spot there, they’d be just as effective in combat.

With men, it’s different. You would never see a man wearing a costume this skimpy. His balls would be a vulnerable target, and the artists know that. So they make the men wear pants and more covering, implying that men are weak there and need protection to function in combat.