Probably one of the best posts I've seen in ages. What saddens me is the two kinds of people you'll normally see in the thread, those that dismiss what you say with a patronizing comment (see first response's "cute"). It's very sad to see the lack of intelligence needed to even appreciate a well thought of post even if you disagree with it. Second, the ones who believe you make a valid point, but then say how it shouldn't be talked about or point out how females have it simpler or "some _____" do this and therefore this shouldn't be addressed.
You actually see the same type of things with racism, but let's not get too carried away.
While I acknowledge that Phreak is unable to say or comment on things such as the sexism in League (particularly in the community), on such a grand scale at an event. I think a clearer stance needs to be made. The best part of the OP is the fact that it is acknowledged that the fact that there are no male champions to serve as eye candy is not a point. I was so excited to play Zyra from her skills, she sounded so unique and creative and then I saw the splash art, it was hilarious. (It was noted that the splash art for Zyra gave off the wrong message about the champion later on).
I enjoy a variety of champions, mostly kogmaw, but if I am playing Graves, Kog, Leona, Anivia, or Lee Sin, I feel that I am playing a champion. But certain champions don't feel like champions. I don't feel it's a stretch to say most of these are female humanoid champions that just do not feel like champions.
I also admit, out of anything in this case I've gone through, the Riot responses on this topic (or lack thereof) are abysmal. And this is someone who remembers The Beard. (lol). It was mentioned before Morello's responses to the questioning, and I too found it to be so lacking. It is the same kind of dismissal you see on the forums, thankfully without patronizing remarks, but a complete dismissal because of Lulu or champions as such.
Now, my issue is less the treatment of female champions as opposed to the treatment of females online in general (look through this thread, any thread on the topic, or talk to female gamers). But let me propose this to any champion designer or artist. I like sexy, visually appealing champions. But my issue is when it becomes fetished. I can name very few people who are attracted primarily to males who enjoy things such as Pantheon or Graves in the same way those who are attracted primarily to females enjoy Ahri and Zyra. Now I think Graves looks badass, and from that I think he is a very well designed champion who fits his persona great. But Miss Fortune... that goes from fitting a persona (I couldn't name it without much thought, unlike how I could for Ashe or Urgot). To being overtly fetishized. I like champions that I find visually appealing, or to a huge extent not so much (Urgot the best), but I can't take certain champions seriously due to the amount they are fetishized.
If I made a story with a variety of people who were both Black and White. And a good 90%+ of the black people were uneducated, brutish, and rude with maybe a couple who were children and a couple more who were well educated and engaging characters. And my white characters were all generally the opposite (although to count the male humanoid champions in league that are fetishized is not going to produce as many). I would not say "well character x is educated and black, so your argument is invalid". I would either have to justify it in myself as necessary for some reason (let's pretend I am not writing a satire), or be find in my racism and unable to even begin to process that I may be racist at all. I sincerely hope, to any Rioters, that at the very least you are aware of the issue of the fetishization of a large amount of female, humanoid champions, even if you are not able to say it publicly so (for any kind of negative impact on career, relations, or how the community sees you). I know many cases where that is the case, but I will say it saddens me so the very silence over the issue except the few cases where someone says a slight thing in favour (e.g. I believe it was Ironstylus saying that he was a feminist, but would not elaborate [although it was useless to do so in that thread]).