They're bluffing, they'd defend Isenden if it was threatened, they wouldn't be sending any girls there if they weren't at least potential allies. But they'd whine about it.
I picked a topic Ellen would have stuff to say about, but her problem is that she's isolated no matter what subject. Those quiet girly works are only fun because it's a social activity, otherwise it'a pain!
Its like the water cooler at the office, only with Orcs!
Every society needs a water cooler equivalent.
Yup, the old manufacturing process was made tolerable and even enjoyable by good company.