I admit it, I've played female characters before. Only once seriously, though...for a Shadowrun game. It made sense at the time. In retrospect, it was probably a mistake. The last female character I played was an elven Fighter/Magic-User named Black Sybian. She ended up killing one of the other party members in a drunken four hour session. Probably one the the finest moments in my history with rpgs. Anyway, I really dislike it when dudes play female characters; it just sorta bugs me. I couldn't really decide why that was the case when I thought of typing up this post, but then I realized it was probably because every single "serious" female character I've ever seen played by a guy was a raging slut. Some more subtly than others, but generally overtly promiscuous and disgusting.
As I get older, it occurs to me that this could simply be the product of adolescent stupidity. Obviously, that's not the case because some of the shit that has happened in recent games I've run or played in is just as stupid, if not more so. Then again, no one was making female characters and requesting they be raped in-game (not making that up). Far be it for me to give an exposition on my hangups with sexuality (they pretty much don't exist), but that's the kind of crap I'd prefer to never see in any game. Is this hypocritical on my part? Murder, theft, pillage, arson, necromancy and more murder was a common theme with my last AD&D group. Sometimes it got boring or annoying, but we had fun. Yeah, the players would say their characters were getting whores in town. So what. If the players had began describing ways their characters were violating the whores, or molesting the barmaid, I'd probably tell them to STFU. I don't want to hear that. And almost inevitably, when a female character is played by a man, this sort of shit creeps in. Much more emphasis on what the character is (not) wearing, descriptions of physical features far beyond what I'd consider normal, and they're all lesbians. If roleplaying has taught me anything it's that every single woman is a homosexual nymphomaniac whose advances are welcomed by all other women. Seriously, who wants to play in a game like that?
If played satirically, like Macho Women With Guns, it can be fun. But usually it's a 30-something fatbeard virgin playing the naked elven lesbian very seriously. Disturbing. It's rare to see anyone take a mature attitude toward this sort of stuff, and I don't think I've ever directly experienced it. However, women playing male characters, whatever...don't care in the slightest. Most girls I've met who play rpgs were much more mature, though, so perhaps that has something to do with it. Actually, in high school I played in a game with a bunch of college students and working adults, two women in the group. Both were hideous and with wretched personalities (the classic rpg nerd prototype). So of course they played female characters with 18 CHA, casting charm spells on all the men in town and raping them. I dealt with this for about two sessions, but decided to depart after one of the girls made friends with a horse and wanted the DM to roleplay out the inevitable sexual encounter. Not even making that up.