Why is it that women technicians are so rare?
What prompted me to ponder this was the fact that Sarah, Allison and Tina's video is something of an exception here, being made entirely by the ladies themselves. (As an aside they are also extremely unusualy in being a female rock band in their forties)
Sure we get female presenters, female producers, and female directors, but it seems to me camera operators, sound recordists, lighting ops and editors are almost exclusively male.
Is it simply a case of the "artisan" or "craft" side of film making involves lots of gagetry and boys get into it thorugh their love of their toys, whereas perhaps women get into it more from aesthetic point of view - they have a look/feel which they want to produce but aren't particularly interested in how it is produced?
Or is there more to it than that?