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Gender stereotypes almost always infuriate me. A friend of mine used to say, “I just have to remember he’s a man.” It still drives me crazy that some things seem to be, and are definitely thought of by society, as innate characteristics of the genders that just have to be expected. There’s always an exception to every rule, but accepting the fact that it’s the rule has rubbed me the wrong way forever. Spending more time in the company of men is causing me to rethink. And, it gives me more room to be a “woman” which in some ways has been very freeing. There are still a multitude of things that women or men do that people just chalk up to the way women/men are that I do not agree with. However, it might be time for me to loosen up a little about my gender stereotype irritation.