People have always complained about the sexualization of the girls in BNHA and even going to the point of calling Horikoshi a pedophile.
Honestly, I don't see the reason for such uproar. I don't deny that there has been few moments were they were sexualized such as the hot springs moment (which was in its core really comedy relief, so it isn't really the best example to give). People make a lot of fuss about it but like, every single anime in existence has some type of fan service with very select few exceptions. Sexualization is wrong but it has happened ever since anime was a thing. Why is it such a big deal out of the sudden?
90% of anime has teenage characters as the main focus. Ecchi and hentai have mostly high school girls as the protagonists and nobody calls the creators pedophiles on those, despite the conditions being far, far worse than BNHA.
In BNHA specifically, there is barely any explicit fan service or sexualization of the girls, which is actually impressive considering that most Shounen have always fan service. But no, the girls in BNHA are actually important to the story and they are actually capable of doing things by themselves. That barely happens in Shounen, having always the male protagonist saving the female character.
In a way, BNHA is actually doing a better job than most Shounen at dealing with female characters. They are unique, they are strong and they aren't just a love interest for the protagonist.
Not to mention how Horikoshi has gave them appropriate body proportions. Normally, all girls are skinny and look borderline underweight. That's not what's happening in BNHA. Girls actually have muscles and fat in their bodies and it's great. In the anime the situation is different but it's because of time schedules and budgets, that's why their bodies look all the same in the anime.
To be honest, most of the sexualization comes from the fandom that actually takes time to look at their bodies like that, not the creator who barely does it.
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