It's posts like yours that remind me why I always liked Tifa more than Aeris.
@TooWalrus said:I actually came in here to say that girls LOVE Bayonetta
I think the key is that Bayonetta, at almost all times, looks like she's having fun. This sounds almost too obvious to bear, but it's in SHOCKINGLY few games with female protagonists. Lollipop Chainsaw also accomplished this, though without as much verve. And Bayonetta also had a more nurturing side that came out, but was never treated as a weakness or vulnerability. She herself seemed shocked by her capacity to care for the little girl. She was a surprisingly deep character (though in an EXTREMELY shallow narrative).
If you want an accurate example of sterotype, consider Edward from the Twilight novels. He is painfully and offensively unrealistic and the reason he incites such vitriol from men is becuase women think men are SUPPOSED to be like that.
Right, because all women LOOOOOVE Edward Cullen...
Enough of them do to make that film a record breaking book and movie and it's actors some of the highest paid people in hollywood. And this is money coming almost exclusively from women.
But women don't necessarily think men are supposed to be like Edward. There are things that may attract them to Edward, but that does not mean that they believe all men are supposed to be like him. Perhaps a subset of Edward's fans do, but not all of them.
That's entirely irrelevant. Most men don't want to date Ivy from Soul Calibur, but that doesn't make her and characters like her any less offensive to many women.
Men think Edward Cullen is a garbage character in a garbage book because of the way he looks and behaves. Now imagine if mass media was dominated with nothing but Edward Cullens. There were only handful of men who existed who WEREN'T just like edward cullen.
That's what feminist's problem is.