Absolutely! I think in this case it just wasn’t something that was planned for. They didn’t know what to do, and the organizers hadn’t planned for them. If I had been an organizer I would’ve just called them in, but as a guest instructor I didn’t think that was my place either.
It’s somewhere in the comments but there was one male participant in the group and he was great to have.
I’ve since learned that the guys who showed up were friends of the organizers and that it was show of support for organizing a successful event, not so much for supporting the content or to learn with the women, which adds another level of disconnect for me. It’s a big messy thing and we’re all going to get it wrong many times over. I’m okay with that!