This is funny. In my chauvinistic mind, the man cooks on the grill/smoker, the man gets a smoker he really doesn't want and has to make do with a smile and a "Thanks Honey, I love it!" When I want a big zip-lock bag I just say "Honey, I need a big zip-lock bag.", and she gets me one. If it isn't carried at Ace, Big Ed's Sport Shop, or Uncle Mel's Bait, Tackle & Title Pawn, I don't know where to get it. I didn't know you could get big zip-lock bags until I asked my wife.
My whole world has been turned upside-down.
But seriously, I think today that there should be more women involved in forums like this. I haven't been a member long, just a few months; I didn't know what to expect when I joined, but I did notice that there were very few women members, and that was kind of surprising. I can't say I was shocked, after all, I did grow up in and still live in the chivalrous South, and women, for the most part, get doors opened for them, bags carried for them, umbrellas held for them, etc. They seldom loiter around the grill, smoker, pit, or otherwise get involved in outside cooking, even today; but it doesn't mean that I want women excluded from these activities. In fact, the opposite is true.
Some people, especially older people like me, are resistant to change (sort of set in their ways), and when I read Megan's question about where to get large zip-lock bags, I was taken aback. It was like "What? How could a woman not know something like that?" That's when it dawned on me that because I thought that, I was being closed-minded and started to wonder if I had at some point maybe replied to a woman's post in a way that made her feel that I was treating her differently because she was a woman. I don't think women join forums like this for any other reason than I did: To learn from the experiences of other smokers and share our smoking experiences with like-minded people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.
So, back to what I should have said in the beginning; "Welcome to the forum Megan! You can have a lot of fun here and will learn much more if you participate. Ask questions and start your own threads and most importantly, post pics of your smokes (Q-Vue).
Sorry about my rant!