The likes of Gaijin Goombah and other, mostly male, personalities have been addressing the issue with Zero Suit Samus stating that there isn’t a problem or that the outrage on it’s own is the problem. I am a fellow Penis American but I, being the great gift from god I am, will stand on my high horse to look at this issue from many angles. I want to talk about several points I have heard on this issue like ”Being against her being sexy is being just as bad”, “Does it matter she still kicks ass”, “Samus has been sexualized from the beginning”,”Men are unrealistic too”, and “but I like the design”.
I want to start by looking at the design itself as well as the brawl design to simply point out what is wrong and isn’t wrong with the design. It seems like in both designs the boobs are not totally unrealistic, they aren’t in the brawl design, at least by fantasy standards. They slope downwards like real breasts, they have grown in the new design for no reason but It could very well be a problem of image perspective. The actual design of the suite looks better in the current form minus the rocket heels. They appear to be a tacked on feature although it could be the sci-fi of the thing. The heels are the real thing people have a problem with regarding design and I agree 100%. What’s wrong with just having her older boots being upgraded to have rockets.
The above image is rocket boots from Ratchet and Clank but they are so many examples of males having rocket boots that are more or less boots but with rockets in them. Unless Iron Man gets rocket Heels in Avengers 2 I’d like to see women get some damn real boots with rockets if that is a thing they want the character to have. Outside of the boots while some people have a problem with the skin tight suit that is a fiction thing that both women and men have in spades. It is more Sci Fi fantasy than anything else and is nothing like female knight armor where they are exposing themselves to fatal blows for no reason.
Let’s move on to some of the points people have made against people making these points. The main problem is that they are so mad about people who are in a group that has to deal with constant treat in harassment having a problem. People Like Gaijin Goombah are actually mad at women for complaining at that could be a novel but I will touch on it briefly. Why is it that people like this can’t accept that a group that is traditionally looked down on in this nerd community can’t get mad about the very few characters they have. Look even if I had no problem with this design at all it’s every damn woman’s right to be pissed about it and they aren’t taking away anyone’s porn. If someone has a problem with a sexualized design it’s fine, it’s been seen, porn will exist, go jack off to it and have a good day while they fix the problem. Yes, A women can be sexy and powerful but when the vast majority have the same body type hair color and personality we have a problem. Sure we have dude bros that exist in a lot of mainstream stuff but we have plenty of other male options, I dare anyone to find 10 games that all have vastly different women as a Main playable character that aren’t sexualized. If you delve in JRPGs sure you could make it happen with some strong debate but these games aren’t in the lime light.
Samus has had an end goal of seeing she was a girl and a sexy one before for people who cared enough to find out about it. However, I’d counter that she was sexualized from the start, that was an Easter egg and fan service at best. The fact of the matter is in the game proper in Metroid Samus is a women in a Power Suit. Sure we have Samus in the Power Suit as a playable character and sure there is nothing wrong with her being pretty underneath. That doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be an open dialogue. I like the idea of under the Powersuite being a sexy strong women who doesn’t care she is a sexy strong women. I like the idea that Samus is in a world where her looks aren’t a problem but her skill. The fact of the matter is that this new design exists to be hot. Sometimes hot can be a statement like in Bayonetta but sometimes hot is to bring the boys in for a fapping party. We could have a sexy women who exists to be sexy and bad ass without much complaint if not for the problem that the vast majority of women are sexualized. Maybe Nintendo bringing in Dixie Kong and Palutena will bring a roster over more diverse women to the table but Samus is are truly independent women in Nintendo. She isn’t linked to man and it’s a shame we can’t have her be an avatar for women instead of out current avatar for male fantasy.
Before anyone starts jumping at women, attacking the “Femanazis” about these issues think about this: Every day they have to wake up to people attacking them just because their sex, every day there are reminders that things aren’t equal, every day they play a game if they want an avatar they only have a hand full of none create your own character avatars. It’s easy to get defensive but it isn’t easy to look at another persons perspective and think of the problems they have to suffer. I hope I’ve changed some peoples perspectives or at least opened a dialogue to hopefully convince some people. If not just remember your hand, man parts, and brain can handle all the desires you don’t need sex in everything.