I have a friend who is very critical of anyone and everything. She is a perfectionist and very religious. I try to stay middle of the road on alot of things in life, and I feel uncomfortable criticizing people. She is about 12 years older than me, so, when the conversation leans towards "gossip" and criticism, I try to listen, but, deep down, I feel sick inside, to even be a part of it. My gut instinct tells me to remove myself from this friendship, because it feels more stressful than not. She also is very negative about men and has never had an intimate relationship with a man and thinks sex outside of marriage is sinful. I hope one day to bring a guy into my life again, but she's such a downer that it dashes my own hopes abut my own lovelife. I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to be rude.