Growing up, I was a tom boy. I rode my bike and made forts and never owned a Barbie. I built things with Legos and took apart radios for fun. Scary smart and social with adults but awkward around girls of my age, I never really understood their thoughts or secrets. As an adult I had few female friends and while we were close intellectually, I kept myself apart. I preferred being one of the boys.
This changed in my early 30ís when a little blonde boy walked up to me during my...