Feminist Killjoy. Badly Behaving Bookliker. Writer and reader of all things speculative.
It was, of course, nothing more than sexism, the especially virulent type espoused by male techies who sincerely believe that they are too smart to be sexist.
On the one hand, I am really impressed with such accurate insight coming out of a white dude writing science fiction.
On the other hand, this book was published in 1992, and I'm really dismayed that this sentence still applies to reality.