My experiences with both women and men have been extremely good...
But I look back now, because up until the age of 28 or so most close friendships were with men; I found women generally to be snarky and critical...hard to maintain quality friendships.
Still not sure exactly what happened, but I began to wonder if society oppression of women had something to do with all that. So I made a point to try again female friendships, and it turned out wonderfully.
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There ARE basic differences between male and female friendships, and I now cherish both, my life enriched, would not want to be without either.