One of the first things that appealed to me about Netrunner was that the Core set included a female runner who was dressed for utility.
Netrunner is not a censored, sexless world. Straight out of Core, the Adonis and PAD Campaigns prove that. But if the Runners are going to position themselves in opposition to the corporations, they aren’t going to present themselves like the Pin-Ups present in the Corporate marketing campaigns.
Since Kate, we’ve seen the female Runners be increasingly sexualized, but I don’t think the line has been crossed where they’re wearing non-functional clothing that is un-realistic for their chosen profession, being on the run from the corps. The one exception is Andromeda, who is the token “I use my looks to get what I want” Runner, and that’s fine by me especially since the image she presents is equal parts high society and sultry, and not purely sexualized. Her backstory is as much about the manipulation of economic class structure as it is about the use of sex as a tool to achieve power.
These are surprisingly nuanced characters living in a surprisingly nuanced world given the fact that we only have a few pieces of artwork and bits of flavour text to go on, along with occasionally a very short excerpt from each Runner’s life included in each data pack.