*shrug* I’ve never been one to believe that a story must always be read in exactly the way the author intended. I reserve the right to overwrite in my imagination any story I read with the story I prefer any way. So if a young girl prefers to think of Bilbo Baggins as female, and that enables her to identify more strongly with the character, I say the more power to her.
Using Choice of the Rebels as an example, I got rid of the weakness because I’m sick of playing games that always force me to take a weakness as if it’s some universal law of nature when it most certainly is not, and I reversed Simone/Simon’s gender assignment code because it came across as an artificial attempt to create a situation that was much more interesting to the author than to myself as a reader/player. I also edited Choice of Intrigue so that when talking to Ramirez failed, I’d still have the option of beating him into cooperating. The disappearance of that option made no sense to me and so I changed things so it wouldn’t disappear. It’s all about giving myself the story I enjoy most.
Thus if a young girl were to ask me to read Bilbo Baggins as female to her, or Mario of Donkey Kong fame as Pauline, because that will enable her to enjoy it more, I don’t really have an issue with either of those. Bilbo is kind of asexual anyway, and Mario is just a bunch of pixels. The thought of reading Aragorn as female makes me cringe however, but if that’s what floats someone else’s boat, than have at it. Just don’t ask me to read or watch The Lord of the Rings that way. Aragorn’s male gender is far too strongly etched in my imagination.
The only time I have a serious issue with gender switches is when they don’t strike me as realistic to the setting, or contradict biology.