I would feel insulted if somebody came and told me they respect me because I am a woman. How crass I would think. Seriously?
We should respect people for what they think, how they think, their thoughts, how they articulate, how they carry themselves, for what they do, for what they stand for. I don’t think gender and sex should come into the picture at all.
What is the use of respecting somebody just because he is a man or she is a woman! will you lose respect once they stop being one?