Ive noticed alot of people, typically male asians (not saying thats a proven fact, just my own experience), prefer pretending to be females in game to get treated better/be given free stuff/get in to partys easier etc.

And yes there is a stigma, i dont really give a shit myself but I know people look down on males playing female characters, as they usually call that "character" a she, like "oh she can join if she wants" etc, and then they go on mumble and a deep male voice is heard and they get confused weither to call it a she, he or just an it