Well, it's something to think about. I don't want to suggest in any way that women (or groups of women) are all the same. The gentleman I was talking to had a point - of course, we're all unique, we all have our own map of the world. To generalise is merely an exercise in simplification and, as much as that makes life easier, it also leads to all sorts of nasty oversights.
So I will just write about my experiences of the day. I was on a Tantra & 5Rhythms workshop. I don't do this every Sunday, but I've had experiences of both before. If you're not familiar, follow the links - there's plenty to read about.
For now, I'll just say that today, from 9.30am to 6.30pm, I've been in a large dance studio with about 60 people, half and half men and women. We have indeed danced, and also been silly, honest and quiet in an amazing environment that created sensuality, self-expression, respect, openness, gentleness, some crying and shouting and enough laughter to make it a great place to be.
I'm exhausted and feel like I've been hit by a truck, but I feel calmer, more grounded and more in my skin than I have in ages.
I experienced some amazing moments of emotional intimacy, with men and women - women who made me giggle like a five year old and with whom I felt welcome, safe, comfortable, nurtured, strong and balanced. An equal and an opposite.
There was also a point during the day when were invited to divide ourselves into groups of men and women. This was a simple split that included gay and straight, couples and singles and twentysomethings to fiftysomethings. And it was obvious then how much gender matters.
Expression became more vocal. It seemed that in that single sex space, people felt they were able to express themselves more confidently. There was a celebration of male or female that happened naturally, without inhibition. It felt a little primal, a little raw. There was pleasure and power to be found in bonding in this way.
I don't think I'm pushing any boundaries when I say that there is recognition and understanding between people of the same sex - or at least an assumption of its existence and the subsequent support available, which is often borne out.
When that takes the form of today's expression, it's an incredibly positive experience. It's about feeling connected and creating anchors in a world that can be confusing, complicated and even downright catastrophic.
That's no bad thing.