DW carries a purse worthy of a ‘Cathy’ comic strip. This thing is about the size of a small suitcase. No wonder she has such back problems. I was curious one time how much the thing weighed and we put it on the scale…..nine pounds. I don’t think most women lug that much crap around – I mean there is all sorts of useless stuff in there that I couldn’t even begin to think of a situation where it might be necessary (lint roller, two month old losing lotto tickets, or a small paintbrush) to have handy…….. BUT before I pass judgment let me ask the women of Cyburbia – what, um, highly useful/pragmatic items are you toting around? Is your purse smaller than most townships? Guys, how about your SO's - would their purses best be described as 'luggage'?
Also, some folks here recently were joking about ‘man-purses’. Why is a purse the sole domain of females? think about it guys – a purse is simply a container, a bag with a strap, designed to carry useful items. Why is that ‘femme’? Clearly the idea that a man doesn’t carry a container filled with useful items became the norm at some point. But why couldn’t said purse be filled with ‘rugged’ items: power tools, beer, and tickets to Friday’s big fight? Is this a cultural norm you'd like to see changed?