Hmm. In real life there are many women which are stronger than many men (not on average, but the overlap is quite pronounced). But then in real life also there are terrible things like hunger, illnesses and poverty and pollution and ... in many places. Do we want to have that in a fantasy world too? Must a fantasy world be restricted if the player doesn't want that? After all it's fantasy.
If you want to play the femal evil-genius atheletic babarian overloard, why not.
The only thing I would have built in: maybe a certain predisposition of female characters to trust other female characters and male characters to trust other male characters. Something like dwarfs get better along with dwarfs and elves with elves and females with femals and males with males. That would also be a simplification but a justifiable one if you ask me.
a. Did you follow the link I supplied? It seems not. And I was only supplying some info why in my OPINION it was done.
b. As dtgreene pointed out, SSI was following a rule-set.
c. agreed, unfortunate also what I mentioned not implemented.
SSI games that use 2nd edition:
Eye of the Beholder series
Dark Sun series
I believe Menzoberenzan and the Ravenloft games as well
None of these games use the female strength rule, which was not present in 2e.
(Also, I note that racial level caps are much higher in these games as well due to them being much higher in 2e than in 1e.)
I will replay them (sooner or later) and pay attention to it ;)