Well this all comes back to the fact that, at least on TV shown Sci-Fi, women are usually sex objects first, people second.
This is what happened to 7 of 9. She became a sex object first, a person second. Something similar would have happened to Data.
I'm glad they made him a guy for this and other more minor reasons.
a sex object to quite a few teenage girls back in the day.
...and, of course, to Tasha.