Today at at work I had some lady going on about how Baynetta was extremely raunchy and made her comfortable to play because of the sexual themes the game has. She seemed almost embarrassed to tell me of a scene in the game where the camera seems to zoom on one of the female enemies that appears to be pleasuring herself:
The whole time she was talking about it, I realized I didn’t really care. Sure it’s sexual but I suppose my views of the game itself, as well as sexuality alone, are different.
Personally, I never liked Baynetta’s design. Not because she was overly sexual, but just because I don’t like it. She’s got a weird looking hair cut and what the fuck is the disc thing on her outfit? And while her wings are cool looking, I think it overall would have been better to have them coming off her back instead of her arms and the gun-shoes would be more cooler if they were actual gun-shoes over being guns tied to shoes. (Though the design has grown more on me then before.)
I never had an issue with Baynetta as a “sexy” woman. Sure, she looks a bit awkward due to being so unproportional but I didn’t mind her being sexy. Guys can fantasize however much they want to over her and I’d never really be bothered because, let’s all be honest here… Regardless of what a person looks like, if you find them to be attractive you’re going to fantasize about them. It doesn’t mean that the character herself is a sex object.
Nor have I gotten the feeling that Baynetta is meant to sexualize women. If anything, I always thought it was suppose to be over the top in order to make fun of how games, movies, and anime often do portray women sexually.
And if anything… I like playing as a sexy bad ass because I’d like to be a sexy bad ass.