P.S. To be more clear, I utilize a core identity, like "loyal but spineless," or "friendly and curious," but gender doesn't enter into it unless the setting has strict gender roles. I write a loyal but spineless man and a loyal but spineless woman basically the same.
P.P.S. I don't mean to say that my characters don't have some stereotypically male or female traits--it's just that I try not to base these traits on whether the characters are biologically male or female. (And who says they have to be modern stereotypes? Why not stereotypes from the Victorian era, or the Middle Ages, or even ancient Greece?)