I went to my local music store this weekend to check out the 6 string basses (not to buy one - just to see if I want one). I noticed that all the "starter packs" for basses had girls on the picture on the cover. Peavey, Fender (Squier), Ibanez, all three had a picture of a girl bass player jamming out. The guitar packs all had boys. I actually thought that was very cool. Though there was a girl who looked to be about 12 shopping with her mom for what looked like her first guitar. She wasn't considering basses that I could tell.