I have this idea I'm trying to work through. As a man, I have a theory that if I can observe women in the correct way when they discuss men, I'll gain a new insight into what men are like. I'm so busy being one, I can't quite tell what we are like as a species.
What I figure is that there is a disparity between the way we imagine ourselves and the way in which the opposite sex imagines us.
Case in point, a woman as imagined by men:
and a woman as imagined by women:
Here we have boys as imagined by girls:
and men as imagined by men (at least a certain type of man):
None of these are necessarily errors in a perception, it's just that both genders bring out a different truth on the same subject.
What we really need is a third gender. A neutral, androgynous sex that can observe impartially without a background set of assumptions, expectations or biases.