I just realized how mean I am to my female characters. I give them horrible names. Witness these names taken from recent stories--and these are all central characters:
Now a similar list of male names, all of them taken from the same stories as the names above:
While I do like some of the women's names in the list above, I like all of the men's names, with the possible exception of Harris. I don't know what this says about me, but here's something else: most of the women's names were chosen because they sounded flat-footed. And I write fantasy. I wonder if I might be trying too hard to avoid allegations of Mary Sueing.