I play all women characters because I'm a woman IRL. I get SO TIRED of people in groups referring to me as "he". It's really annoying. I know folks just assume but there ARE girls who play this game, including lots of my RL friends who I play with. It's just aggravating.
Not only are there lots of women playing games but an Entertainment Software Association 2010 study showed that 46% of people that bought games were women and 42% of on-line gamers are women. See page 9 of the linked PDF. http://www.theesa.com/facts/pdfs/ESA...Facts_2010.PDF