It's been quite a while since the last time I've done a rent, so run for your lives, because... it's not a negative one, well, partly. I'll focus more on female character sexualization, since I don't male characters getting too much of that.
So, what about it? .... I don't mind it too much. Look, I'm not the pervert type, and neither feminist, because... I don't really care for how a character look, y'know? When a character is done right in terms of personality and being overall unique when it comes to themselves rather than appearance, I'll like them in anyway. I still feel that it's becoming something rather ridiculous, there's a lot of women in media that are receiving sexualized designs, which is quite of a bad thing because that's just fan service and I hate fan service, BUT if you get the character to work and be more than a fan service tool, well, I'll like the character. Take Sharla from Xenoblade Chronicles as an example, she looks like a character that are just there for fan service, but them you see who she really is: a courages woman that wants to protect her younger brother, and is also a very strong girl. She's a pretty well done character, in my opinion, that's what matters, it's like videogame logic, graphics doesn't matter when the gameplay is great, and it works here as well: a character is good if they're done well, not because of their design, even though I'd prefer that a female character like Sharla had a less sexualized look, I don't care much about that when she's well done.
I know that doesn't work all the time, I mean, most sexualized female characters may come as generic and not interesting characters, but don't let that wash your brain because not all females are like that, sexualized or not. Even female characters that aren't sexualized may come as uninteresting characters and generics, like Sumia from Fire Emblem: Awakening. When a character is done right, their design is the last thing I'll care about.
Sexualization isn't a good thing because most of the time it's just fan-service, yes, but I honestly think women shouldn't care about it that much because... I don't see why you care, beside it getting into a ridiculous level. Though it's nowhere near compared to how much women are sexualized, there's also sexualized male characters out there, and do we men care? No. I do think muscular men or men with big... uhh... bananas are ridiculous as hell, but if it's not me, I shouldn't care, and really, I don't. Also, even when a character is all muscular, it doesn't matter in case they are well done.
I prefer characters not being sexualized, but if they are well written and well done, I care about their design last, but if they aren't well done, then their design will be only another point to be criticized.
Anyways, see ya next time.
Listening to: Fire Emblem: Awakening Soundtrack
Reading: News too
Playing: Xenoblade Chronicles
Eating: Cookies with Nowi :3