So i was talking with my coworkers about this some time ago. They're both women. one's 23, the other is 19. they're the same height surprisingly enough. 4' 10 or so. The older one is familiar with anime and games and such so i was joking about how PSO 2 says she wasn't allowed to exist.
We ended up actually really getting into a conversation about that stuff. We got on the subject about how guys treat her because of her height. I asked her what she thought about this small censorship to avoid this kinda stuff.
She admitted yeah, shes met guys who were really fetishistic about her height; Guys that were really creepy about it. But she doesn't feel like games should just remove short chars as a option. That regardless of what some people think, she's a woman. She doesn't have time for anyone who doesn't treat her as such.
I think that all things considered: maybe limiting a height option sends a bad message. You guys are kinda invalidating grown women, albiet they are very rare, from putting a cooler/scifi version of themselves in a game. In doing this censorship, you guys continue to frame short people as "childish". Neither of us like that take. Shouldn't we normalize people short adults as actual adults?
Its much like how years back, in past and older games (especially localizations of kMMOS), people would suggest that games allow for more skin color options. The most frequent counterpoint was always "But people might be racist." As though this was doing people of color a favor. by "protecting" them.
No. It just takes away customization from players because "SOME PEOPLe MIGHT BE BAD OR CREEPY." As a person with darker skin. I didn't appreciate that effort back then. Let me do what suits me. Do people still make racist stereotypes in games? yeah, but i wouldn't give up my character designs to not see them. It also helps me know who to actively avoid for being so scummy. The effort is appreciated.
So I say take a similar stance with this. Creepy people are gonna be creepy NO MATTER what, don't punish everyone because of the actions of a few weird ass individuals.