@joshwent: Sorry, I guess my thought was if the primary consumers of Bayonetta are men, then regardless of the designer's intention, is Bayonetta still resulting in furthering the sexual objectification of women by men?
That is a great question and one I'm struggling with at the moment. I find myself uncomfortable with regard to Bayonetta, but I know that many do not. I'm trying to write about it, but my biggest takeaway seems to be that Bayonetta is a complex issue with many ways to view and respond to it. That may be my favorite thing about her as a character, really. Easy answers do not fit her.