Good points above. Here's a video that relates to that....
Haha that's great!
I think it would be fair to say that women have a bigger emphasis on longsuffering which makes sense considering that they often are made to conform or adapt to the pace of others, so when things get bad they get stuck in ways most men don't, though they have more channels for relieving the stress then men do. Most of the time I think it's beneficial.The worst case might look something like that skit, where the woman really hasn't thought her situation over much at all, but doesn't have the maturity to take a little bit of good-natured advise because it makes her feel foolish. They treat their symptomatic feelings ahead of the root cause.
Even when there are things men can't change in the near future, we usually break it down into scenarios, where it could be overcome and hope it happens. Or, we try to divert the helplessness by focusing on identifying the problem in a systematic way. That's if we don't take the stoic approach and just not talk about it with anyone. More than sympathy, most guys are looking to provide space for action with whoever we agree or disagree with. The immature male equivalent of the lady with the nail in her forehead might be a man who acts out emotionally on everything but the problem with a sledgehammer.
So sympathy sessions typically strengthen social ties between females, just as men strengthen friendships by throwing out solutions even if it means locking horns. And then there's marriage where all of this gets thrown into a blender anyway, lol.