In this question, I suggested that the subject of a photograph, posing in a Royal Italian Army uniform, might be a woman - a supposition later supported by the OP.
T.E.D claimed my suggestion could be seen as an attack on the 'manliness' of someone's ancestor! I find this sexist.
I have huge respect for all the moderators on H.S.E, and greatly appreciate T.E.D's expertise, but as one of the (sadly) few female members, I feel I have a duty to challenge sexism when I see it. 'Manliness' - however defined - does not rely on facial hair or broad shoulders.
Ironically, on closer inspection, the subject appears to be wearing an engagement ring on the left ring finger - not, AFAIK, a very manly habit!
History is about truth, not our current prejudices or sensitivities. The subject of the photograph appeared to me to be a woman, thus probably making the back story more interesting, not less. To see this as a slur on some ideological idea of 'manliness' is, putting it politely, unhelpful.