In the day-to-day interactions, I think it's less about gender and more about balance of power and/or understanding differences (in colour, belief, attitude, idea, etc.).
When folks are faced with the unfamiliar, they often mock or denigrate it. Those faced with a threat to their power (perceived or real) often beat with their power (limited or vast).
Unfortunately, even in Canada, many women have less power and are seen as 'different'. I kind of revel in that as there's joy there as well!