When someone mentions cigars, what is the first picture that comes to mind? Think gender-wise â€“ do you see men smoking them or do you immediately see women smoking them? Now donâ€™t get me wrong â€“ I am not being sexist or anything here. I was just reading a blog post by Gary Korb over at Cigar Advisor â€“ it was about cigars being a â€œguy thing.â€ As I was reading it, I was going, â€œyeahâ€¦â€ in a musing manner.
Indeed, why is it that cigars are almost always associated with men? Gary presents a feasible explanation:
I guess the sexual divide has mostly to do with the origins of cigar smoking, which throughout history has been a male-dominated practice. Take it to the next level, and maybe one of the big reasons a lot of men band together to smoke cigars is because, let’s face it, it’s one of the few times they can get away from their “significant others.”
Itâ€™s true, isnâ€™t it? Throughout much of history, cigars are for the men. When couples have dinner with other couples, the men go to the study for a cigar while the women congregate around something else. I think a lot of women will react to the last line but perhaps it is true. 😉
Then again, we really cannot discount the women who do smoke cigars. As few as they may be â€“ at least when compared to the opposite sex who smoke cigars â€“ they still exist and the least we could do is to admire and respect them for that.
Originally posted on April 9, 2008 @ 8:20 am