Ditto, Yahan! I think the cigar/pipe malel sterotype came from the US Industrial age, as there has long been female smokes, and there were many pipes made for women in the Victorian age.
The 50's had a resurgance and there were pipes marketed for women, and I do believe that is about to ramp up again thank goodness! I have met, and guided quite a few new cigar smokers, young men in their early 20's, and a couple are starting the pipe also along with me.
I started with an initial intent to smoke my fine cigar nubs! Too expensive and good to waste However, my pipe met baccy first, and hence has seen few nubs and only when I ran out of my first baccy sampling!
I'm smoking 1792 now, and thank you for the compliment. I find old threads regarding baccy for women very funny: "aros" (yee gawd) and "something light."
Thanks for the fine recs on the pipes - think there is a few more candidates. I do like the Meers, and there are quite a few that stike my feminine sensiblity. The Altinok Maria is presently in the lead (on Puff; I'm TTecheTTe on it and SmokersForum). I have learned that men and women have very different veiws on how they perceive "feminine;" hence, I do want at least one pipe that is selected by males.