Have you heard the latest?
I guess we could ponder the gender gap in hi-tech for years. I have worked with all kinds of programmers and never could figure out what made a good one or bad one, but it certainly wasn't gender. My favorite group is male but my favorite singer is female. But anyhow.
When I see a concert video, the audience is mostly female. When I want to recreate that experience spending $1000 or more seems fun. Not so much fun for my (long ex) wife. You're right, there is a change over the last 30 years with more female artists and technicians in the A/V world. This applies to TV also. More female hosts (I watch a lot of MSNBC) and more female reporters on air. Too bad that hasn't worked with Congress.
Your spouse is very fortunate.
Story time. I was a programmer for a government contractor in the '80s. On site, if you needed to use the bathroom:
Pentagon: you got lost.
FBI: "It's down the hall"
CIA: They wait outside.
NSA: They wait behind you.
Things sure have changed.
RPGII, Fortran, Basic, all the way to ring 0 Pentium. DEC10 and IBM1800. First micro I used was a 4004 that controlled the Cruise Missile. You really want to get old, I worked on the MK1A1 analog computer that controlled 16" guns used during WWII. Yes, the crank was replaced by a small motor. Abacus anyone? Smoke signals? Whale song?
11 minutes was to create the vacuum. You're only as old as you feel. My favorite processor was the Z80 though. I have fond memories from back then.
Perhaps it's because we can appreciate quality. That would explain why more went to TiVo than the alternatives. And being older, we have more money. Plus we want Sony to get off our lawn.