Hmmm. Where to begin.
Growing up, way back in the days when I thought: 'I must be the only gay dude on the planet Earth' (), I found myself being able to relate moreso with the POP females (females in general, really) and the dire situation they were in. While I had a pretty eclectic collection of toys (LOVED my MOTU monsters, robot, etc. too...though my parents would never in a million years buy me an entire wave of figure, let alone the whole collection), the females were always my favorites.
Part of it was envy; it's more socially acceptable for women to display a wider range of emotions and be as colorful as they want, but on the flip side, in some ways they're also treated as 'lesser than' and that's something I could identify with. Of course, the latter part of that is also part of the list of reasons why I loved the monsters and bizarre looking characters. ha!
I dunno. It's hard to explain. I guess I admire strong women who stick to their guns and maybe go against the norm, or simply play a role that's more strongly associated with males.