Accidental misogyny near miss

My friend sat at my kitchen table, still processing a recent dust-up in a local group. “They’re demanding we take leaves of absence if we’re not going to be there.”

My reaction came from the gut. “Please, it’s not like you’re a coven.”

“Yeah, that’s what I ought to tell them!”

My eyes widened, as I realized he meant to actually repeat my words to the group of women bullying him. “No! Don’t! That will not go over as well coming from you as it would from me!”

“What’s a coven again?”