Well, most of the other men watching will probably feel the opposite way of me
But why does this show have to be so sexualized?
Contrast Ikki Tousen. It's supposed to be sexualized, and it doesn't have a whole lot of plot to it. (and for those familiar with the pony fandom, I never use the word "plot" in THAT context) I only even watched it on a challenge to ignore that stuff for the fights and the story, and was rewarded with a spectacular rainbowfied death for Sousou.
But here, Cross Ange has a solid story to it and could have easily done without all the sexual scenes and references. I imagine a lot of people not on this site were repelled by them and would have greatly enjoyed it otherwise.
Another example is Spartacus, which also has a story to it and could have done without the excessive nudity. (Though Cross Ange at least is nowhere near as explicit as it or Ikki Tousen)
They put these kinds of scenes in shows assuming that everyone watching them will be into them, even though a lot of us aren't watching them for them and some of us dislike them. For instance, I like slasher films. That being said, I don't watch Friday the 13th for the nudity, I watch it for the violence.
Compared to this, people have no right fussing about the Winx's midriff tops, which are meant to be cute more than anything. Hell, after I was done Ikki Tousen I even watched Winx Club specifically to get the "ecchi anime" taste out of my mouth. Though again, the rainbowfied villain death felt worth the price of admission. At least Cross Ange wasn't nearly as bad there.
I know a lot of people here probably like that kind of content, some probably even watched Cross Ange FOR it, and I'm not judging you for it. But does anyone else here wish they'd have kept it a little cleaner? Even just toned it down a bit? (Like Game of Thrones takes that kind of stuff in moderation and keeps it relevant) I wish they'd at least made the combat suits a full jumpsuit like Zero Suit Samus. That might have at least made the other sexual references more tolerable. Again, Cross Ange had a really great story to it that would have probably been more popular if it wasn't sexualized so.