Something I've read recently that is related to this (at least in my brain) is:

Silent Technical Privilege (Slate)

For anyone who doesn't want to read that, the author makes the argument that he has consistently been given the benefit of the doubt regarding computer skills due to his appearance and gender. Sounds like that had an especially large impact when he was a novice learner - he could make mistakes and not be told "maybe this isn't the field for you". That's what I think is relevant to this topic - permission to make mistakes, permission to not know - without it being attributed to gender (or intelligence).

I see the same dynamic in other areas, like basic construction/wood-working.

Edited by kcab (08/23/16 10:06 AM)