Thanks for your reply, Serious Business--I wish I'd had the presence of mind to write half of what you wrote when I first posted!
I've often wondered what to make of the fact that women's PCS are devalued relative to men's. I know that it's done so that their PCS more closely match their TES. But that got me wondering: why are women's TES lower than men's? The "common sense" explanation is that men do more and more difficult elements. However: Men do more elements because they are allowed to (more jumping passes, longer time limits). And furthermore, I don't think it's obvious that men do objectively "more difficult" elements. Rather, it's that the elements at which average male physiology tends to give men an advantage are simply more heavily weighted in scoring. For example, jumps are, on average, simply worth more than spins (an element where average female physiology seems, in my perception, to give women an advantage.) In other words, there is a bias toward male physiology built into the scoring system. (N.B., I'm not saying that this is intentional, or part of some malicious conspiracy.)
To clarify, and perhaps pre-empt some objections, I don't think what I'm pointing out is an example of some grave injustice, all things considered. (To borrow another poster's phrase, my panties are not now, nor were they ever, in a wad about this.) But I do think it's worthwhile to take note of some ways in which there is gender bias in figure skating.