Music writers aren't engaged in a conspiracy of bitterness and bad taste (at least not most of them), they're just trying to make their deadlines. When a male writer asks "What's it like to be a woman in a rock band?", what he's really asking is "What's it like to be a woman?" Seriously, he wants to know! Women are mysterious to him! If you waste 30 seconds of your life seething about his Neanderthal question, you've already lost the initiative.
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That quote is taken a bit out of context; Roderick's column wasn't about gender roles, but the point made is too good: most of us dudes are curious about what happens within the nebulous realms of "the fairer sex," and most of us are totally clueless about nearly everything.