Human women have the luxury of bodily autonomy and thus complete governance over their own image. Choosing to express their sexuality via overtly sexual behaviour or revealing clothing is seizing ownership of it, which is both liberating and empowering in a society that gratuitously sexualises women and femininity itself. Basically, sexualising yourself of your own volition shifts the power dynamic away from those sexualising you without your consent.1) One browse of tinder/Instagram etc. demonstrates that many many attractive women are happy to flaunt themselves in levels of undress far more extreme than MK9 characters just to get social media attention and followers. Just look at that Megan Thee Stallion Mileena shoot that was just recently officially endorsed! How come this is considered acceptable behaviour that many young women aim to emulate and aspire for but simple CGI characters in a brutally violent fantasy video game that aren’t ‘well dressed for winter’ are considered scandalous (and no I’m not asking for that in MK, just find it curious how many women love to flaunt themselves online nowadays more than ever but it’s suddenly frowned upon in western games)?
Choice is not a factor when CGI women are involved as they are literally manufactured predominantly by and for men to cater to and embody their feminine ideals. Needlessly exploiting and commodifying female sexuality à la MK9 is abhorrent and reinforces tropes and beliefs that are damaging to women.
Because Sindel's sexuality is an established aspect of her retconned persona and is showcased consistently in her Dominatrixesque dialogue.2) How come Sindel can get away with having her enormous breasts spill out in her new KL skin, not to mention that pvc and fishnet-wrapped incredibly-well rendered bottom of hers, which ok they’re selling her as a whorish villain now, but then actual inhuman characters whose faces have held no likeness to real women in the past, Mileena and Sheeva, are being made far more modest when one was previously a stop motion dragon lady doll and the other one’s face is half nosferatu shark monster? Just don’t see how it’s acceptable for the very human Sindel to be sexualised but not the actual beast-women instead?
Is there any logical reason for Sheeva, a highly respected queen renowned for her honour and fierce loyalty, to be in a mankini with enormous breasts on full display? No. None at all.