I have always been an ace speller. When I was in school it was simply an article of faith that girls were good at spelling and boys weren’t. If a boy was even suspected of being a good speller, his very manhood was thrown into question. This attitude still prevails among men of my generation.
I truly believe many of them would be less devastated to discover that John Wayne had in fact been gay than to find out he was a whiz at spelling.