One of the men of the group said, "In my experience, when someone introduces a new idea, women tend to believe other women before they'll believe men."
My immediate response was, "No, we don't."
And he said, "See?"
His challenge stopped me in my tracks. My immediate reaction was to dismiss this idea. Was this because he was a man or because I didn't feel the idea had merit? Or did I feel it lacked merit because as a man he may not understand the problems that impact women?
"It's the same with men," he said, letting me off the hook. "They'll believe men before they believe women."
It gave us all food for thought.
What struck me the most was not the theory, but my immediate "No, we don't." That wasn't just denial, it was rejection.