Possibly there are fewer females because the setting is a pub. That’s not to say that women don’t go to pubs - far from it. But somehow it seems socially odd to ponder discussing the world and its ways there with a girl. Like most useless hobbies, it’s a mostly male pursuit.
How silly of us all. Germaine Greer. Loose Cannon moments perhaps but a career of unmatchable public goodness, unfashionable truth telling and being herself to an exceptional degree. It would have to be a pint of good wine but worth the expense any day.
That’s all very easy for Peter to say (GG) - as long as there is someone male and young-looking at the table, he can safely enjoy at a distance the entertainment that would ensue. I, on the other hand, might resort to hiding behind Stephen Fry.
On second thoughts, that might not improve things much.