My women friends who are photographers have summed it up in a couple thoughts:
1. These photography forums are filled with men who are prima donnas, spelling nazis, wise a$$es$, flamers, trolls and other generally machismo types who hide behind the internet.
2. Women are more into the art of photography rather than the technical geekery we men seem to dive into the minusha over.
3. They'd rather be taking pictures. Men like to one up each other on these forums.
Youīre lady friends are probably right: machismo is one of the saddest and most dangerous manifestations of male ego. I canīt think of anything thatīs been made better because of it - we only get wars, bar-fights, sarcasm and general bullshit coming from it.
On the other hand, there is the definite advantage of the sporting outlet: it allows the TV channels to provide a constant diet of rubbish for the man-about-the-house who can lie on his couch, bottle in one hand and whatever else you might fear in the other, as he yells advice to those who cannot hear him, who despise him for his poverty as they cash his fan-cheques.
Tell me, have you seen anything more strange than a fully-grown man walking the street in a football club outfit? I have: a complete family of them at one time - granpa, son and grand-son, all in the full regalia complete with funny hats...
I really have to wonder what happens to make some men go that way. Perhaps nothing; perhaps some are born like that.