I can't imagine anyone having a legitimate complaint with this on political grounds, gameplay maybe but it's such a small difference anway. How many levels do you need to go up to render a +1 irrelevant? Not many. Why you picked dexterity is of interest to me though. As an encouragement to have female characters finesse their way through the game instead of powering through it? When I think of the major differences between men and women, size and strength and violent behavior comes to mind for men, and endurance and multi-tasking ( true in my experience ) and cooperation for women. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that most players aren't going to care about differences between the sexes as long as they are minor, since they're going to be building and changing their character as they see fit anyway. Class differences are what people care about and what they're going to be focusing on when crafting a character.
Since I'm thinking about it , I'd like to say I really enjoyed choosing the axiom and place of birth of my character as a creative way to begin customizing him and give him more ... character. It's like giving the character a name or choosing the sex, it may not change the game in concrete terms, but in subjective terms it make the experience more personal and more satisfying.
I say to hell with political correctness! While I dislike sharing much information about a game before it is ready for everyone to play, I think perhaps I could share with you how we are currently handling this in Book II. If you plan on complaining, do it now.
From Book II character editor:MALE:
While exceptions do exist, males are generally larger than females. With greater body mass, males on average tend to possess higher maximum strength than females. Selecting to play a male character grants you a +1 Strength bonus.FEMALE:
Females tend to be of smaller build than males. With less body mass and a slighter frame, females are often more nimble and graceful than males, resulting in a +1 Dexterity bonus.