Not sure if it'll ever be totally equal between the sexes but from what I've noticed women are tough on other women, guys seldom care.
I agree, and you're probably right, because I know I couldn't care less about all this reputation business and gossip either.
I do think change starts from the bottom up so it is up to us, usually guys to defend the ladies when stupid BS is being said about them.
I would do the same for a guy though, because to me it just seems too easy to gang up on someone.
Next time you hear something like that - get mad and do something about it - that's what being a man is all about.
Just let a guy be bitter if he is. It'll wear off eventually..