The purse has long been revered as a mystical place where women carry items to keep them prepared for any situation that could come their way.
If a child falls and scrapes their knee, a Mother opens up her purse like Batman's special belt and pulls out sprays, ointments and band-aids, and in a few seconds the child is good as new.
What has men perplexed is the size of the purse compared to the contents. We aren't sure if the purse is akin to;
Mary Poppins bag,
Felix the Cat's magic bag, or
some strange animal skin from the Island on the TV show, Lost - a female purse can carry much more than it appears it can.
Not only is it a Medic kit for any cough, fever, belly ache, scrape, set a splint or concoct a potion to help any child in need. A purse it also a weapon.
A women's purse must have the ability to gain weight whenever it needs to be swung at an attacker or a child or husband acting up. I'm now leaning to the magical Lost TV island animal skin idea, because I'm also convinced that a woman's purse can stop a bullet at point blank range (Ok sure, maybe the Titanium makeup holders may help a little).
Men just have wallets. Just wallets. You put too much in them, and you sit angled to one side, and that another trip to the Chiropractor. You try to put stuff in your pockets, but that isn't enough to rival the space and usability of the purse, so along came the messenger bag.
The Messenger Bag was the first crossover attempt to allow men to carry more things outside of a wallet. It was a slow and much discussed early adoption period, cause some men couldn't handle a "Man Purse". Along came Technology to cure it for many more.
Some men (me included) noticed that you just can't carry an mp3 listening/phone device. You need chargers, usb thingamabobs, gizmos and gadgets to keep the darn thing running, so the need for a Purse-ish bag for a man became quickly evident.
The fanny pack is out (like a Beta Max player), but wait - what about a camera bag?
A camera bag is surely more macho than a Messenger Bag. Yes, that would work for skittish men. A camera bag. Fantastic idea.
One more wrong of the world had been righted. A functional bag that men could carry had been found, and so did the reason to carry such a bag (besides being a photographer).
Men everywhere can know experience the feeling of always being ready for any Technological snafoo that life hands us. Phone running low? Reach in the "Tech Bag," and whip out the charge cable to save the day. Feeling a little peckish? Carry a snack along. Need to carry an iPad? Can't help ya with that. Try pulling a Red Ryder wagon along behind you. Those iPads are big.
Men and Women can experience a small victory in the battle of relating to each other, they both can carry more than they need, whether they need it or not.
And yes, when I sling my Tech Bag cross shouldered, I do feel like Indiana Jones (including the theme song I hum to myself).
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