Treyarch may have forgotten that females like to play Call of Duty, but is trying to make amends for its mistake.
Purchasers of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened and Prestige editions were told they'd receive a code for a unique Xbox Live or PlayStation Home avatar outfit, but the virtual clothing didn't work for everyone. Specifically, female avatars were left in the cold. To make up for its mistake, Activision and Treyarch have released codes for the outfits that females can wear too.
When female Black Ops special edition buyers attempted to display their fandom through the unique avatar outfits, they weren't given access. They found out that the code for the duds included in the box only worked for males.
Thankfully, Activision quickly jumped to fix the issue and responded to complaints by female gamers (or male gamers with female avatars) by releasing universal codes for female versions of the Xbox Live Black Ops outfits. A Cheap Ass Gamer user has posted the codes so that any female slighted by this issue can have the situation rectified. Here they are:
SR 71 Flight Suit
As of this writing, I wasn't able to find out if the avatar situation has been solved for PlayStation 3 gamers as well, but it likely will be in the near future if it hasn't already. Female PlayStation 3 Black Ops players should try to contact Activision support.
I get that males are the typical hardcore gaming demographic that plays the Call of Duty series, but come on, did not a single person at Activision or Treyarch think that females might need to be considered here too? Minor as it may be, things like this don't really help the cause to bring more female gamers into the fold.