why are female protagonists so often sexualized?
For the same reason you never see a fat dude or an ugly old man as a male protagonist: people care more about how your characters look at first, then they care about them once they get to know them.
It's a trope as old as literature, all the Greek heroes and gods were good looking and fit as fuck after all.
>implying only feminine protagonists are sexualized
I'd post a picture of Lelouch too, if I wasn't too lazy to download one
>Mfw seeing Rain modernized in Build Fighters