This post was written by myself, but originally published at The Guiding Star Project.
When I first got married I remember several women, both of my own age and that of my mother's, warning to me to be careful of those "mom groups", or "wife's night out gatherings." They gave a cautionary tale of the tendency many women have when in groups to uncharitably gossip and more specifically to talk poorly about their husbands. I quickly noticed their warnings to be quite accurate both in small gatherings as well as on TV and within the media itself. And it wasn't just the slightly cutting jokes made with well intentioned humor, it seemed to be an almost borderline, habitual discussion that was the default to most interactions.