I’m not quite sure what to make of this.
“I like and prefer being around women. Not because of attraction, or even friendship or anything quotidian like that, but because the level of misogynistic commentary is reduced to nearly zero. And of course, there is no macho posturing.”
On the one hand, yes, macho posturing and male misogyny that periodically erupts when men are together is truly gross, I mean just disgusting and nasty. On the other hand, I’m not sure if the author realizes that female misogyny is a thing and that when men aren’t around it can erupt and male male misogyny look tame or if he’s just so disgusted by some male behavior (very understandable) that anything else seem okay. Female sexiam and misogyny and intra-sex posturing are not necessarily sexualized or violent, but they are there and can reach dizzying heights of viciousness.
This reminds me of how Florence King once mentioned how frustrating it is when female misogynists tear other women to shreads in mixed company and the men….. DON’T EVEN REALIZE THAT’S WHAT’S GOING ON.
Many years ago I worked in an office where I was the only man, but my desk was kind of cut off from the others and they often forgot I was there…. It was very informational (both on how women tend to talk about other women and about men) and quickly relieved me of lots of lingering illusions. It was very different from the way men interact but it was not what you’d call an edifying experience