I had a thought last night. In a hetero, cis-gendered world, it has come to my attention that men seem to be far more sensitive than women. Women are used to getting their egos bruised all the time. Every minute of the day, there is something bombarding us with the implication that we aren't good enough, pretty enough, sexy enough, strong enough, fast enough, etc. No matter what we do, just by being women, we aren't enough. And to get through the day we have to develop pretty thick skins to let that bullshit roll off our back.
But most men never had to develop that skin. Most men didn't grow up with constant messages of "you're not enough." There might be specific areas in which they "aren't enough," but it's not a constant, global message. So as a result, their egos don't seem as resilient as women's. They're not as tough.
I know this is pretty big gender reductionism, and to be fair, I think it's starting to shift. But it has really got me thinking about how I interact with men.