I can respect this. I have not read Empowered but know of it. Critique and satire are hard lines to draw with the same pen. Even when successful it always comes down to audience interaction and interpretation. (Fight Club, Rick and Morty, etc).
I dont think theres anything inherently wrong with cheesecake personally, it’s just a hard thing to defend when its disproportionately drawn by men with an extremely mysoginstic lens.
Kris Anka is one of my favorite artists currently in comics and his work is very cheesecake (beefcake?), but never sexist (at least in my opinion).
Babs Tarr also leans heavily on cheesecake.
Nothing wrong with sex-positivity in comics as long as its matched with inclusivity and not conditionalized to only be acceptable for the male gaze.