Oh boy... That was a dumb video.
FWIW, there are. They just don't frequent communities like this because as a general rule they can be... how shall I say this nicely... rather "boy's club" like, and unwelcoming at best.
I think that itself is a stereotype; I don't believe women are socially conditioned to be less skeptical. I think it's rather symptomatic of the trend for women to be socially conditioned to "not care," i.e. to subdue reactions towards things that aren't stereotypically "feminine." (I'll elaborate on this below)There are women that love audio, but it takes real gullibility to be a "classic" audiophile. Most women just are not that gullible.
I wouldn't be surprised. This is one of the first forums that I decided to be "openly" female on, because people here seemed like more or less mature/older nerds. Younger adults tend to be worse online towards women.I think there may be at least one more, but not everyone is explicit.
I think the video is hilarious. But for a more serious answer, I don't completely buy the "hostility" argument. I think it's one of those explanations that seems to invite plenty of confirmation bias because it's a shot in the right direction. In this day and age, everyone spends some time online regardless of sex/gender. Women-oriented spaces do tend to be less hostile, but there are many hostile women-oriented spaces on the Internet too. Examples of this can be found in more mainstream social media, especially Facebook and Instagram.
What I do agree with, though, is that - generally speaking - people in this hobby can chillax a little. It's easy to get caught up and absorbed into a hobby, but it's not worth getting worked up over it - the consequences of being wrong in this discipline aren't world-ending, after all.
This is an excellent point. The communication styles of men and women tend to differ, and these differences are again shaped by different social expectations/cultural norms. It can be a self-perpetuating cycle, especially if the people involved are not aware of the differences in expectations that elicit different behaviors. Perhaps learning effective communication is a starting point in order to create equity.I suspect this is one of the major gendered differences. Men, especially when online and even slightly anonymized, really do seem to believe that the most arcane and trivial details of ... whatever ... are worth getting worked up over. When the stakes get really low, the gloves come off.
There were a couple of studies several years ago on the lack of participation of professional women in science forums. In interviews they all said that they hated the communication style and felt marginalized. The male scientists were perfectly happy to talk over each other aggressively to be heard; the female scientists just wanted out. So they became self-selecting communities, destined to turn into boys clubs. They lost the women, and along with them all of the women's ideas and potential contributions.
Women-oriented spaces do tend to be less hostile, but there are many hostile women-oriented spaces on the Internet too. Examples of this can be found in more mainstream social media, especially Facebook and Instagram.