Well, her mind is still biologically a 16 year old girl, and as a constructed soldier from a war in the history of this future world, she might have been cloned and might have been bioengineered to perfection.
So, sorry to say it to the body-shamers, but a physically "perfected" female at 16 years old is also going to, according to nature, be as sexually attractive as possible.
If she lived up to 16 years of age in her original body training to be a soldier, like from birth, then she would know what good musculature looked like and what her body looked like. She's still human in that brain.
Shouldn't they be bashing Rosa Salazar for having a good body and being physically attractive? That's who is beneath the CGI. Alita is not a CGI creation, she is a human character being played by a human actress, who has a body that is 100% based on the design of the human body.
Oh no, the cyborg body has a protruding chest like breasts. Yeah, and the brain inside that body is a woman who would probably prefer feeling as human as possible.
The filmmakers and actress went to such great lengths to put as much humanity into Alita as possible, and this clickbait written for reactionary soccer moms is basically failing to see that (forest for the trees) because they aren't using any empathy here. They aren't wondering what it would be like to be in Alita's shoes.
Or they're just trying to appeal to the exact opposite crowd of Fox News.
Good post. I agree with you.
As you say, Alita herself would want to appear as attractive as possible. And that's also a good point about Rosa Salazar. I didn't even think of that, but you're right.
I'll also point out that humans are sexual beings. I don't like when Hollywood over-sexualizes things, but the solution to that isn't too avoid sexuality entirely. The fact is, male viewers will like Alita more if she looks attractive. That is just biological nature.
As I said in the OP, we live in strange times.
Not to mention, the well-respected history of art shows an overwhelming appreciation for the sexualized ideal of the time a piece of art was done. Lots of nude paintings and statues, mostly females, and plenty of them are supposed to represent goddess and such, who were never actual living women.... Yet they are by default given sexualized bodies, breasts, hips, and a milk shake intended to bring all the boys to the yard.
"The fact is, male viewers will like Alita more if she looks attractive"
Females too. It's a proven fact that both genders prefer to see attractive examples of both the opposite gender AND the same gender.
It makes sense: One represents what one might desire, and the other represents what one might desire to look like in order to attract the first. (In the case of gay people, both of those examples happen to fall on the same gender, of course.)
I think a lot of this is just ugly people getting upset because an emphasis on sexuality or physical attractiveness just shines a light on their own flaws, and they don't like it.
Like I said earlier, I think in the past Hollywood has been guilty of OVER-sexualizing female characters. But you don't fix that by over-correcting in the opposite direction.