The article may have a point, but I don't see the connection to talking about gear. Women photographers talk about gear too. And homosexual photographers talk about gear as well. So what then? Does everybody talk about technical specifications because of creepy psychological issues? Or?
There is a certain strain of popular masculinity that is anti-feelings, anti-romance, and fear of showing the slightest affection towards other men, but photography has never been poetry. The sorts of people, across all genders, that are attracted to photography tend to be more technically minded sorts.
I have however noticed, that it seems the more one talks about their gear, the less likely they are to actually use it to make photos. There's got to be something to that!