Retail pharmacy is slowly turning into a woman's profession. I don't think there's anything wrong with this at all. Woman make just as good pharmacists as men. However, in my experience (and generally speaking of course), women tend to bring MUCH more drama into the workplace than men do.
I spent two days in a row last week as the only man in the pharmacy surrounded by 5 women. I'm a quiet person by nature. I tend to just go about my business and let everyone else talk. And talk they did!
First there was the hour long conversation about how their pansy husbands refuse to stand up to their "wretched" mothers. Granted I'm a little rusty on my relationship linguistic abilities, but I'm pretty sure by "standing up" to their mothers, they really meant that they should do whatever their wives say and tell their mothers to go to hell at the slightest hint of a disagreement. It's all about control I think. They want to be in control of their husbands, and their mother-in-laws represent a huge threat to this control.
(As a related side note- Ladies, a good guy loves his mother. Therefore, if you married one of the good guys, don't be surprised that he doesn't always immediately take your side whenever you happen to disagree with his mother. I'll lump myself in with one of the good guys here. We spend the majority of our lives giving our mothers the utmost respect and obediently following their orders. Do you think that immediately changes just because we marry or enter a long term relationship with someone? You women should learn that even though we might love you more than anything in the world, we'll always respect (and fear) our mothers because their influence played an integral role in making us the good guys that we are. Therefore, you have to understand that we're not going to take your side every time you disagree with our mothers, and you'd be better served picking your battles carefully to avoid needless frustration... for both you and us.)
Then, after one of the women left work, this gave the other girls a wonderful chance to talk about the other girl behind her back. "I can't stand it when she does this." "Did you hear what she said to me yesterday?" "Oh my god, did you see what she was wearing?"
This is the pattern every single time I work. All the girls act friendly to each other when they're working together, but they're nasty when their backs are turned. I just don't think women can coexist with each other peacefully. At least I've never seen it.
I think back to college and my ex...
She had a bunch of different roommates, and she couldn't stand most of them. She got into huge fights with her first roommate over how they wanted to arrange their dorm room furniture. Sounds trivial, right? I thought so, but apparently this was such a HUGE deal that she had to request to switch roommates after the first semester. Miraculously, she got along with the next roommate. Then, she moved into a quad where her and 2 of the other girls ganged up on the 4th girl because they all decided they didn't like her. That girl didn't even make it a semester before she transferred out of the quad.
Contrast that to my college experience. I lived in a triple with the same roommates for 4 years. During that time, I can't remember us having a single disagreement larger than not agreeing on which dining hall to eat dinner. Basically, our existence consisted of going to class, coming back to the dorm, watching Sportscenter until lunch, going to lunch, going to some more classes, then watching Seinfeld until it was time to go to sleep. Maybe throw in some basketball a couple times per week, and repeat that for 4 years straight. No drama. No arguments. No problems at all.
Even at work, there still are some rare times where I'll work with all male pharmacists, and those days go so much smoother than days when all women are there. We don't partake in useless gossip. We talk, but it's mostly about sports or to make the occasional wise crack. Otherwise, we just focus on our work and get the job done.
Men, in general, seem to not have the same kind of animosity towards each other that women do. I can't explain why woman have so much more trouble getting along then men do. All I know is that if you stuck 10 women in a room together for several hours, there's a high probability that they'll walk out hating at least one person in that group.
If you stick 10 men in a room together, there's a high probability you'll come back several hours later and find them playing poker and watching some sporting event on television.
I think that pretty much sums up the difference between the sexes. Sure, I'm generalizing as it's certainly not the case for ALL women. Just the majority it seems.