I've become aware recently of a strange phenomena in which men seem to be irresistibly, magnetically drawn to any conversation between women in which they aren't wanted.
For example: Holly and I were on a date in downtown Portland a couple weeks ago. This being a date, we were pretty much just interested in spending time together and talking and whatnot, which is pretty typical, however as the day progressed we were interrupted on multiple occasions by men, all complete strangers. I don't know exactly what about two women deep in conversation makes them seem approachable, but there must be something since it kept happening.
One might just assume they wanted to hit on us and leave it at that. But the same thing has happened with gay men. I went to the beach with the Queers and Allies group at PSU, and me and the only other woman on the trip were having a sort of stereotypical gossipy conversation. And once again, the conversation was interrupted just about every three minutes by a guy wanting to jump in and change the topic.
I don't really have any good theories about why this always seems to happen. My best guess is that guys are just curious about what women talk about in private, because it's true that conversation changes rather drastically when there's a guy present. But it still seems like there's more to it than that, and I'm just not seeing the whole picture. Whaver it is though, it's kind of annoying.
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