I think that tapered haircuts are stylish and look good on just about everyone. I find hair that is the same length all over to be boring. Tapering involves making layers, which add interest to a hairdo.
Women can have cute tapered cuts with long sideswept bangs and short hair in the back, and so can men. Some styles do appear more masculine than others, but there are versions of different cuts that can work for both men and women.
I have always had layers in my hair, even though mine is long. Layers in a tapered cut are much shorter, but they work to accomplish the same purpose, which is to provide style.