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It wasn't the character that inspired the other thread, but the girl and her character from another game. That one she played a barbarian or something.
It's more equal than that in most of out settings (about 70:30 ratio of men:women), because it's fantasy so you can have women adventuring and stuff and shit and all that. Done to accommodate the girl players in our group I suppose, but also to address the notion of, if the option of adventuring and freedom was there, and strength was more easily achievable/measurable (leveling system, magic, etc...), then more people in general would be doing shit like that.
As for the physiology aspect, again, the rules don't consider women as different from men so why should we? On that note, women make the best blood mages/warriors, so the possibilities are there.
In the setting typical people tend to view the order as exemplary, simply because of their religious devotion and ideal behavior. That they treat men in a reverse fashion, is just an odd detail easily overlooked.
Higher ups, and other groups/churches/organizations view them as necessary because of the services they provide.