Responding to original question:
I think there is a certain proportion of the members who don't want to hold onto the females - this is their 'boys own adventure' fantasy where they can be some super cool double black mogul hero, safely anonymous behind a computer screen. So they are basically a$$holes to anyone who asks simple questions or acts 'like a girl'.
I don't really see that much around here. Sure there is a pissing contest here and there, but it's usually not in the advice or review sections. And yeah, there have been some, brand fan boy crap, one getting offended over another's opinion on gear...whatever. It's not near as much of a "boys club" macho environment as other sports forums I've been on.
I have noticed a lot more females since this thread popped up though, at least it seams like it.