I’ve known several guys like that, who create female characters just because they find them more interesting to play or really do just want to enjoy the view. It’s more common in single-player games, I think, because there’s not the hassle of having to worry about people’s perceptions.
I never got special treatment for playing women either. Nobody ever gave me free gear unless we were already friends, and if I failed to keep the group healed, I was not spared the harsh words. That’s a misconception from people who think that female gamers (or women in general) have it easy.