Back when this blog was newish, I wrote an entry defending women characters in e-fedding. Much of my reasoning behind it is the same reasoning I used in a recent AWC discussion over whether they should introduce a Women's Title or not. AWC has a fairly large contingient of female characters. Logistically, it makes sense to have their own division, but for reasons I've stated before (no handicap between male and female in writing is the biggest one), they shouldn't have one.
Instead of rehashing that argument, I figured I'd ask a hypothetical of my own.
Would I ever handle a woman character?
And that answer would be no 99 times out of 100.
To me, women characters are limited. There are only so many unique gimmicks you can do with them, and most of the unique gimmicks revolve around something to do with sex. Otherwise, you're either playing her the same way Lindz plays Troy, or you play her with a gimmick you could just as easily suit to a man. Kinda like Sasha Volkyeva (although that could be a bad example, seeing that she's an AWC NPC and not a regularly handled character).
And honestly, I don't think I'd feel right playing a female character. I mean, it's a lot easier to vicariously play characters of the same gender, but I think I'd have a lot of trouble playing a female character. I just don't know why. Which is why I think more props need to go out to Pierce Lavelle's handler, who is female, for playing the obviously male AWC Transatlantic Champion to a tee. It's very difficult to cross the gender barrier, especially given how little we know about the respective opposite sex sometimes.