Maybe it's because I'm used to seeing outright and overt anti-feminism in those circles that by comparison, this attitude sounds downright progressive. Gamergate really changed discussion about the roles of women in society and in geek culture, compounded by the alt-right's influence in those places. But I suppose that's because in those circles, you get a lot of sexually frustrated teenage and college-age boys. (I mean, it's not outright "stay in the kitchen and go make me a sammich!" attitude, but "feminist" is practically a derogatory term in those parts.)
What are the sort of things you hear anyway? I prefer playing when there aren't a lot of people around, and there are very few events around here, so I almost never hear any sort of discussion among pinball enthusiasts. Most conversation I have about pinball at a pinball machine is teaching complete beginners the basics.
Ah, I think I get it now. The idea is that some of these men say that to try to remove women's trophies because they are not comfortable with the thought of anything that might encourage more women to enter these competitions. Is this what was meant?
I don't know why I didn't pick up on that for so long.