- Aug 30, 2014
I did some studying and I agree even more with this person's point.insaninater said:By their argument, applied to both men and women, give me an example of people expressing their sexuality while having power. The argument equates sexual expressiveness to being subjected to the will of another person, and this is obviously a fallacy, if that was the case than nobody would actually have sexual desires, since all sexual desire is, by their argument, the result of an outside source, and if nobody had sexual desires, nobody would be there to impose said desires upon a proxy. If the argument is really sexist, and says that anytime women express sexuality, it's for men's benefit, will have to explain why homosexual female couples who don't make porn exist, and it's also just really dehumanizing to women in general to say that anytime they express sexuality it isn't genuine, but in service to an outside force, and again, even if that is the case, sex is a prerequisite for the continuation of the human race, and survival of the human species trumps respectable representation of women in video games. So even assuming all these truly absurd claims are 100% true, they still sit on the moral low ground.
Bayonetta is a fictional character.
She's being objectified by the camera and the game's control
For a straight male, she moves in ways to titillate him.
So yeah, in that way it's sexism.
Bayonetta takes this to its logical conclusion; her magical hair forms her costume, and is used for her attacks. This means that parts of her clothing disappear during attacks, and her finishing moves render her entirely naked aside from just enough coverage to keep it from getting an AO rating. The pure absurdity of the sex appeal on display in the trailers alone - never mind the final product - was almost certainly intentional on the part of the development team, many of whom are Clover refugees. Knowing their previous work, they seem quite happy taking Refuge in Audacity and keeping a self-mocking sense of humor throughout.
Even if it's mocking it, it's still sexism at work sense it's an all too common trope. It's beyond mocking at this point.