Your friend's response is a common one, but still is reprehensible. Prepare yourself to hear that fairly often. She has no idea what's she's talking about.
The fact is, you are anything BUT a pussy. You are facing this and starting to deal with it. That takes more balls than she'll ever have. Well, maybe she'll never have real balls, but you get what I mean.
I went back to the doctor
To get another shrink.
I sit and tell him about my weekend,
But he never betrays what he thinks.
Can you see the real me, doctor?. The Who