GX connectors (unofficially called "aviation") are used for a wide variety electrical applications, including supplying power to soldering irons and motors. Usually, the voltages are low, around 5V to 24V, but they are also used to supply much higher voltages, such as 90VDC. The design of the connectors, however, poses an electrical hazard.
The male pin connector (pictured right) is designed for installation at the source, such as the front panel of a soldering station, while the mating female connector (pictured left) is attached to the ends of the cable. This leaves the male end exposed leading to a short if something conductive happens to brush against its pins. Even worse, if fingers brush against them it can result in a shock. If genders were in the opposite configuration, the pins on the cable connector and the pin sockets on the panel connector, it would be safer since the pins are never exposed when live.
Are GX connectors being misused for power applications, is this hazard a design oversight, or is there another reason I might be missing? Oddly enough, I've never seen the connectors available in opposite gender configuration.