I am reading a lot of short stories lately and sometimes I notice I am confused by the gender of the protagonist in the story. Especially if the writer writes in the first person and the person has a gender neutral name like Chris, Charlie, or a completely made up name. These short stories come from anthologies composed of award winning authors so I am wondering, if this is intentionally? More often than not, the gender does not actually make a difference in the story. If you write the exact same story but make it a women (or man) it wouldn't change much so I don't see a point of confusing the reader about the gender. Shouldn't you be hinting the correct gender early on in these cases or am I missing something here?