Previously: A Brief History of Getting Yelled At
Sara Lautman draws funnies and illustrations.
fashion, purses, art, comics, the way we murse now, how do we feel about murses, it's time to start a national dialogue about murses
I'm basically here for a dialogue about murses, but can we define them first? Do dark, solid-color messenger bags count? Asking for a (boy)friend.
Also, portmanteau words are among my favorites, so thank you for this Sara Lautman :)
@stonefruit My dad calls his purse his 'media bag'.
Ex. "Let's go, Dad, we're going to be late!" "Just a second I need to grab my media bag. Where is my media bag?!" Bless.
@stonefruit My dad calls his bag his "sandbag." Because it is heavy as if it were filled with sand? I have no idea.
My boyfriend has a leather and canvas messenger bag, partially because he likes fancy things and partially because I was mortified by the ratty messenger bag he was carrying around.
@RNL Haha, that's wonderful! I love it.
I feel like men not carrying purses is probably the number one example of how Patriarchy Hurts Men Too. They're just so useful.
@Urwelt I dunno, I would much rather have real pockets in my clothes instead of stupid tiny girl pockets (or no pockets at all). But I suppose we can go both ways on equality - as long as I get my pockets they can have purses.
@Urwelt my dad has solved this problem by wearing a fishing vest at all times with many millions of pockets that he fills with his business-y things plus gum, pens, etc. it's embarrassing and adorable at the same time. DADS.
@lemur_niemer I have real pockets in my jeans, but I still find that I generally want to carry more than that on me most of the time. Don't most people? The last time I went on vacation with my dad and my brother, all their stuff mysteriously ended up in my bag, so clearly they understand the utility involved even if they don't carry a bag themselves.
I don't know. Of course, I still support decent-sized pockets... gotta have somewhere to stash my keys.
@mynamebackwards Definitely less annoying than carrying around a purse since it won't slip off his shoulders, keeps him warm, AND doesn't swing around. I like the way your dad thinks!
I carry a bag. It is a bag, not a purse. Calling it a purse makes me irrationally angry, and I refuse to leave the house until my boyfriend corrects whatever statement he made about my "purse" into a proper statement about my bag. (Incorrect: "Would you like me to grab your purse?" Correct: "Would you like me to grab your bag?" Yes! We may leave the house now.) Crazy much? Possibly!
@TrotskyHoldsMyiPod ME TOO! I do not carry purses, never have. I only have bags.
ME TOO, ALSO! I have a bag, and it is my bag. Everybody a bag! Hooray for bags!
Calling it a "purse" makes it seem so prissy and silly. (Especially since my bag is usually a unisex utilitarian sort of canvas and leather satchel, more than a fancy, colorful, feminine little thing.)
@TrotskyHoldsMyiPod I have a bag and a purse. I carry the bag on a general everyday basis- it has my larger wallet, my Kindle, my iPod (and big headphones), phone, notebook, academic book that can't go on my Kindle, etc.
The purse (I have several) is for when I go out at night somewhere and don't need all that. I take a smaller wallet because I don't need my supermarket discount card or coffee card or whatever, I don't need the Kindle or the iPod and certainly not the academic book. And it is fancy, colorful, feminine, prissy, and silly, which isn't a negative and better for this situation. Different carriers for different times.
It's not a murse, it's a handtasche. Or so a very defensive friend tells me. Tee hee.
@RubeksCube hee, handtasche is "handbag" in German, and "handbag" is another word for an old lady purse*
*also known as an olurse
If there is not a heavy future use of the way we murse now tag, I shall be extremely put out.
Also, the "durse" makes me giggle. A lot. I recently "rediscovered" the nookie song, and wow, it's even worse than I remembered. Nostalgia!
It's a European carry-all.
evidently with the media bag and fishing vest comments, the dads are winning the 'how to carry your stuff' game.
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