Conversations in Social Groups
Gender-specific social situations reinforce cultural expectations. When men and women split up (even if briefly) the conversations change. Belonging requires some level of participation. If you hang back too much, the group may start to feel you are judging – and you could be marginalized.
Stereotypically, men gather around the grill with beers talking about …..? Women, gathering where? Talking about what?
These gendered groupings can be powerful bonding experiences.