Surge 2 protagonist is a female?

Is there an option to play as a man? I have zero interest in playing as a female character.

Yes, I remember in one of the interviews the game director mentioned this although screenshots of char editor have not been presented yet to my knowledge.
https://wccftech.com/the-surge-2-inteview-e3-2018/
"You can create the look of your character, so hair, skin color, gender, whatever. There’s also a layer of clothing you can change."

Maybe he doesn't fit our cultural norm of traditional female beauty but that doesn't make him any less of a woman!

You can create your own character in The Surge 2, from gender to facial details.