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Do smaller riders tend to need a wider saddle?

No - smaller riders tend to smaller saddles, all other things being equal (like gender). However females tend to have wider hips for biological reasons, so the sit bones are further apart on average ...
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Can saddle surface material affect comfort?

Your theory seems most likely to be correct. If you try to reposition by shuffling then something has to move, and if the shorts don't move against the saddle, then you'll be moving inside the shorts....
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Can saddle surface material affect comfort?

Yes, this could well be caused by your shorts sticking to the saddle. Ideally, all movement should be between the shorts and the saddle, so that there's no sliding frictional contact at your skin.
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

Some differences disappeared together with now largely obsolete dress codes and behavioral rules. I still remember the times in my home village in Lithuania when any a guy to ride a low-step / step-...
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

The only body part which is really women specific is easily addressed with a specific saddle. All the rest is just usual bike fit stuff: Stack, reach, handlebar width, crankarm length ... There are ...
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

First, we have to acknowledge that sexism is objectively a problem in society. In athletics, a smaller proportion of women participate in competitive sports than men. Historically, women were excluded ...
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

During the 2000's and early 2010's it was common to see a range of mens/womens specific products. However some of the major brands did the research and discovered that for most parts of the bicycle ...
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Why aren't there more bicycles and accessories designed specifically for women?

This is a complicated question. There are lots of saddles designed for women, or saddles designed for different sit-bone widths. On road bikes, at least, some brake levers have adjustable reach for ...
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