Women: prepare to be empowered. Men: prepare for genital confusion.
Let’s face facts. There aren’t a lot of strong female characters serving as role models for us women. They exist, but they are rare. Most of the time, the protagonist is a macho male and the female is the damsel in distress or love interest. If there is a strong and capable female character, they usually have a role as a secondary character.
When it comes to cosplay, why should men get to dress up as most of the awesome characters, while we women have so few cool characters to choose from? If you dress conservatively (by that I mean no excessive cleavage) like myself and you also fear what spandex will do to your thighs… what options are you left with? Why not dress as your favorite character, whether they be male or female? Maybe they should have been women in the first place.