While I’m here in Vancouver, I decided I wanted to rent a guitar. I didn’t want my callouses to disappear, nor did I want to lose the facility that has taken me many months to build back up.
Guitar stores are generally not made for women. They are usually staffed by men who are particularly invested in the guitar as part of their masculinity. This does not make them inclined to facilitate a woman getting her hands on a guitar.
And while the fella at this music shop was perfectly acceptable in his customer service, I did notice that the entire staff at the warehouse size music shop was male.
So even without the active sexist atmosphere of a guitar store, it remains ever thus.