In a recent discussion on an online writing group, a number of women members felt adamant that if a man wrote a novel with a female protagonist, he needed to explain / justify / rationalize his reasons for doing so in the query letter.
Is this really an issue? I wonder if you have a view of it from an agent's perspective?
Yea, what the hell was that guy thinking when he wrote Madame Bovary. The nerve.
Not to mention that hooligan Thomas Hardy thinking he could write about some chick named Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
Let alone that cautionary tale of SJ Rozan who writes a series that, gasp, alternates male and female protagonists. What were those Edgar judges thinking when they selected one of her books for best of the year.
This is a classic example of why I think online writing groups suck.
Justify why you chose a protagonist?
That's missing the point of good writing so badly as to be downright funny.
This isn't sociology 101 and it sure as hell isn't the O'Snarly Factor.
I don't care why you did anything.
I only care that you did it well.