BINGO! Here's a a kind of tongue-in-cheek, kind of serious bingo chart made by AVB that lists silly and real reasons alike that some developers list when asked why their game doesn't include female protagonists or characters. You may recognize a rather recent excuse in here.
So I'll go ahead and ask since I'm a moron but I'm really interested in knowing (i.e. I'm not trolling) if it's ever okay to want a male lead? I love female leads, Aveline, Nilin, I often play as girls in MMOs and when I have the choice (yay FemHawke!) but basically this says there's never a reason not to have a female lead. I'm not sure if I'm making sense but... why are "didn't fit the storyline" or "we wanted to focus on masculinity" bad reasons? I mean that recent game about brothers... why isn't it sisters? Why do you play as the kid's dad in Heavy Rain instead of his mom? Ugh... I hope I'm making sense without sounding too nuts.