A real, stupid conversation. This happened.
A dude to me: You're old enough to remember when people weren't pussies. You know what I mean?
Me: There's vaginas everywhere just walking around? Really?
Dude: Shut up, you know what I mean.
Me: (still feigning surprise) I did not know this.
(And then he gave up talking to me and turned to someone else he thought would agree with him and listen to his drivel.)
And yes, I did know what he meant. And it's a stupid talking point. Empathy does not make us weak. It makes us stronger.