The sex or gender of a person – or even robot, for that matter – shouldn't really matter. It's more important who that human – or droid – is on the inside.
While there are a handful of female-like droids in the Star Wars series, I am excited that there might be a more prominently known one. Also, R2D2 deserves a little lady friend, if you ask me. Or man friend, if he's more into that.
Debate after debate has erupted with fans inquiring about BB-8's gender, but apparently a close source to J.J. Abrams has remarked to The Telegraph that BB-8 is a "she." This was a supposedly deliberate decision meant to appeal to the female demographic who would be purchasing Star Wars toys.
“There’s never been a strong female robot in any Star Wars film.
J.J. [Abrams] was determined to make BB-8 cute and strong – and female. They want to appeal to girls as much boys, who have traditionally been the fan base. She’s going to be one of the breakout hits of the film.”
Don't get too excited quite yet! Entertainment Weekly has reported it a tad bit differently:
During the design phase, it was up for debate whether this character would have a male or female personality. “I’m still not sure, dare I say, whether BB-8 is male or female,” Scanlan says. “BB-8 was female in our eyes. And then he or she became male. And that’s all part of the evolution, not only visually, but in the way they move, how they hold themselves.” (It’s not clear a gender-type has ever been specified, but as of now everyone working on the movie calls BB-8 a “he.”)
I've already decided that even though it would be incredibly badass to finally have a female droid, at the end of the day, it really doesn't matter too much.
If BB-8 is a genuinely kind and helpful robot with a heart of gold, BB-8 could be male, female, neither, or both and I would still root for 'em. After all, we are more than just our genders, and frankly who gives a flying crap?