ever play first edition ad&d ?
in what was one one the greater flaws in that system, was that female chars had their strength reduced, i.e. could not have the same max strength as a male char, with out giving a bonus to other stats. you can imagine how happy female gamers were about being represented in a fantasy world as being the weaker sex...
And i wasn't talking about physical differences - although i would not mind them as long as they were balanced - 1st ed was not balanced females just got lower strength maximums. what I wouldlike to see is NPC's in the greater sence reacting differently to you dependent on sex - which apart from the romances they by and large did not - it would make roleplaying more real at the moment it is more you play a paladin or a bard as opposed to a Female paladin and a male bard.
I hope that all made sense
While women and men are equal they are not identical and are deffinatly not interchangable