With the recent release of Bayonetta, I was reminded of female sexuality being used as a weapon or a power in games. This is not an original idea. Having not played Bayonetta I will only mention some other games that use this mechanic.
The 2005 Square Enix release Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King had Jessica. She has quite an array of aptly named Sex Appeal abilities. One of these, named Puff Puff, is to shake her chest at enemies in order to charm them. Puff puff video In order to “Focus the power of passion into a beam that sows destruction and confusion” she uses Sexy Beam. She can Blow Kiss in order to prevent enemies from attacking.
The recent Nintendo DS game My World My Way has a main character described as a spoiled princess. She uses a pout as one of her abilities. With her Pout Points she can obtain discounts in stores, charm enemies so they do not attack her, and even automatically complete quests.
Even characters that are predominantly hard hitting, damage dealers are not immune from using their sexuality as a weapon or power. The character of Ayla in Chrono Trigger fights with her bare hands! Her abilities involve kicking and clawing at enemies except for her one sexual ability: Charm. Ayla’s Charm seduces an enemy to obtain an item.
So the question remains: what is the problem with using female sexuality as a weapon or ability? This mechanic is just part of a larger picture. It is another example that adds to the idea of women using sex appeal in order to obtain presents from their partners. Presents are not given freely, but because women “trick” or “force” their partners into gift giving. The games I listed all have women charming enemies into submission or having these enemies give them gifts of experience or items based on the character’s enticements. Yet another media that says women gain power or possessions simply through their attractiveness and not through their hard work. Ayla is a powerful fighter, and yet she still uses sexuality to obtain what she wants. A male character would just use a Steal ability, but a female entices and lures through her sexuality.