Originally Posted by iansales
If you have two female characters talk about sewing so you can pass it, you'd be better off asking why those characters only seem to exist in relation to the male characters and you need to apply such tricks.
Well, in my case it's because they live in a highly patriarchal society (16th century Europe) where only men can own property, become MPs, doctors, lawyers, etc - and I'm basically writing spy thrillers. It's hard enough fitting women into that milieu, without trying to exclude men from their conversation.
In fact I'm finding it very difficult to think of a non-domestic topic of conversation they could have which would not involve men at some point!