Quote Originally Posted by Alan W View Post
And now on to gun shows-I've never been to one myself but can't help wondering if they're full of men.
The majority of venders and buyers at the annual local gun show are men. However, a fair proportion of my female friends in farming country consider a gun as just one of many tools to be competently used when necessary rather than as a symbol for something that Freud might have elaborated on.

For concrete information on the gender of actively creative people, I maintain the mail list for both a visual artist's group and a writer's group. About 10% on the lists and who actively participate in events are men. In a list of 33 area writers who have actually published books, 15 were men. Some of these books involved military combat, which skews the statistics. I sell photographs at an annual arts & crafts fair, and most of my customers are women.