Rolling back for a second here, because I feel the need to address this, seeing as I’m the one whose works these reviews seem to be “targeting” in a lot of cases:
Genderlocking is a creative choice. It should be as open to criticism as any other creative choice. I have no problem with people buying my stuff, taking issue with the creative choices I made, and deciding to opt for a refund or ding their reviews scores because they disagree. There has only been one such review I’ve ever had issues with, and that was specifically someone who cited an obvious falsehood (that the characters were exclusively white when uh, hey, Cazarosta is right there on the cover, and so are half a dozen other Tierrans who are obviously not white) in their review of Guns of Infinity. People who take issue with one creative decision I made (genderlocking) shouldn’t necessarily be seen as sources of feedback any less valid than people who take issue with say, my writing style or my worldbuilding.
Reviews are subjective. A bad review doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t like it. There’s plenty of badly-reviewed “trash” I’ve had a blast with, and reviewers should have the freedom to say “thanks, I hate it” if they genuinely didn’t find it enjoyable.
However, there is a difference between reducing a score as a result of a creative decision and review-bombing a title because of a genderlock, and specifically for that reason. A lot of the reviews cited dinging male-genderlocked titles are still two or three, or even four stars out of five. That’s an acknowledgement that those reviews are informed by something other than an axe to grind. If I’m getting one star, that’s because someone doesn’t like my writing more than anything else. There’s a world of difference between “I can’t play as [gender], I’ll take a star or two off my review”, and “genderlocked female, one star.”