It’s in the Bag? The Gender Politics of Purses

July 14, 2009

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I spotted a man on the subway one recent evening carrying what looked suspiciously like a purse.

Curious and feeling unusually brazen, I asked: “Excuse me sir, you wouldn’t call that purse, would you?”

Blushing, he looked down at the square black bag slung over his shoulder, and then at me.