In as much as its important for men and women to gather together some time apart can be good. We each have unique needs and situations that are best supported by people we have things in common. Women are usually good about opening up about things whereas men need some coaxing. For me being in a group of men is important because we can share the things that we need encouragement and support. Women benefit too from being with other women in the same way. Emotional support that’s specific to ones gender identity can help one grow as a person. If we understand ourselves first then we can better understand others and doing what is necessary to accomplish that can only provide benefits to society as a whole.