When Bayonetta came out on Steam I got into a discussion with a friend that wanted to try and tell me that Bayonetta is an example of a Feminist character. Which, if you are unfamiliar, I really don't have the words to describe the game itself so in lieu of that, here is kind of the sum of things.
And if these gifs don't make it obvious as to why my head nearly exploded during this conversation, it's because this game is problematic as fuck. Bayonetta herself is constantly objectified and the game has no issue with turning the hyper-violent into the hyper sexy. There are issues here, deep issues which keep me from ever thinking of Bayonetta as a truly Feminist game. At the same time, Bayonetta also passes the Bechdel test with flying colors and has a lot of good things going for it. And I have no shame in saying I am an Intersectional Feminist who has issues with Bayonetta, but also I fucking love it too. Off the top of my head, I can list 10 things that are fucked up about any of my favorite video games and that doesn't mean those games have stopped being my favorite. We all have the right to our personal contradictions. If you like something, just fucking like it for what it is. It doesn't have to be perfect and, honestly, it's probably not. Make no mistake, I'm not saying one should gloss over these problems. It's important to take note of the problematic images in the things we love, but by no means should that stop us from loving them. But we also can't sit around and pretend like our problematic faves ain't problematic. There has to be some sort of balance.