From: Why are bloggers male? - Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, March 17, 2010
For most of my adult life, I was almost struck dumb in the presence of strangers. I managed to complete five years of university without raising my hand, and the idea of a dinner party used to make me faint.
Several of my female friends tell similar stories. No matter how brilliant they were, they lacked the confidence to express themselves in public.
Fortunately, something happens to women in midlife that disinhibits them. It is the same thing (in reverse) that turns bold, extroverted little girls into painfully self-conscious adolescents: a drastic change in hormones.
These days, I no longer care when someone calls me an idiot, and my husband often has to drag me home from dinner parties.