July 11th, 2005

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07:24 pm - on masculinity vs. femininity through functional portable storage accessories...

Steph Glamour Shoot 4
Originally uploaded by chrismaverick.
I was in Phantom of the Attic, the other day talking to my friend, Wayne, and we happened upon one of those conversations that only occur in comic book shops or Kevin Smith movies. You know the ones, deep philosphical conversations that only occur when a couple of self-important assholes get together and start making meaningless observations about the world around them or when everyone is really really stoned.

Anyway, we were discussing the evolution of the handbag. Back when I was a kid, Real Men™, didn't carry hand bags. The only things a real man ever needed to have on his person was a dirty wad of cash, a swiss army pocket knife and maybe a hip flask of bourbon. If you couldn't fit all of that in your pockets, then your pants were too tight, sissy boy. Bags, or as we liked to call them, purses, were for women.
History of purses and backpacks as seen by Mav. And it will mention Steph so her picture here isn't totally gratuitous. Really it will.Collapse )
So here's the question. Men and women both. Do you carry a bag? How big? One or two straps? What do you carry in it? Do you change the bag per occasion. Do you consider it masculine or feminine to do so? Do you take it with you everywhere? Do you consider it part of accessorizing? Any other thoughts?

Note: Mav's history lesson ignores the fanny pack. We all had them, we all acknowledge it was a mistake. Let us never speak of them again. You know, unless you're gay. And even then, all the cool gay people are still going to beat you up.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 12th, 2005 - 11:06 pm (Link)
Do you carry a bag?


How big?

Backpack size for the one I carry most often.

One or two straps?

My all purpose bag is 2 straps.

What do you carry in it?

School things, whatever books I am reading. In this season a windbreaker type thing, a Gerber multi tool and some other compact tool type things (small knife, micro maglight, etc), some change, writing implements, basically everything (within reason) I might need if I were leaving home for the day and not expecting to return. There also has to be a place for a cell phone in it.

Do you change the bag per occasion. Do you consider it masculine or feminine to do so?

I usually have some smaller bags that I sometimes carry instead. Messenger or satchel types. Sometimes a briefcase type thing. I also have gym bags of varying kinds. A gym bag is for the gym (of course) and ranges from one of those sacks with strings for when I have to carry very little (I live very near my gym) to a real gym bag. My smaller bags (other than gym bags) all usually have some sort of multi purpose tool that lives in them and other sundry things like matches and a mini flashlight.

I will put stuff in a smaller bag if I am expecting to go out for a really short time or specific purpose and not need as much or not want something too heavy. I will carry something more briefcasey to an interview.

Do you take it with you everywhere?

Almost everywhere, but I will often leave home without it. Pockets are good things too. I do not take it with me if I expect it to be more of a hinderance than an asset.

Do you consider it part of accessorizing?

Well, I like to have an aesthetically pleasing bag, but I don't plan my wardrobe around it.

Any other thoughts?

It might be interesting, if bags are such an omnipresent thing, to address when people don't carry them, and how often they wish they had them anyway.
From: ludimagist Date: July 12th, 2005 - 11:07 pm (Link)
I am not sure why LJ just did that (I am experimenting with a new browser), but that was me.
[User Picture]From: carmiendo Date: July 17th, 2005 - 04:43 am (Link)
I don't like carrying bags, but I don't like stuffing my pockets even more. So I carry a black drawstring bag over my shoulder everywhere I go. It's not big, but I can stuff a paperback novel or a t-shirt in it if I have to.

This is what usually lives in it: my wallet, keys, cellphone, tampons, a pen, hair elastics, chapstick (if it's not in my pocket) and medication. Sometimes there's also a little notebook.

When I'm in class, usually I'll carry a bookbag. Sometimes I even put my laptop in the bookbag, but usually it'll just have things like a clipboard and papers, more pens, a calculator, books, little toys... And carrying both bags at once is obnoxious so the little one goes inside the big one.

I'm a two shoulder bookbag person, usually. Though maybe I should get a shoulder bag-- bookbags are really big on me. I'm not sure if I care enough... I don't coordinate, or think much about whether my bag accessorizes what I'm wearing.

Also, I've never thought of bookbags as being particularly masculine or feminine. I don't think my black bag is either... though it's definitely less feminine than a lot of man-satchels I've seen, so.
[User Picture]From: muffinsicon Date: July 17th, 2005 - 04:52 am (Link)
No bag, no nothing, just normal pants (I don't wear cargo) pockets, into which I put my keys, pen, phone, insulin, inhalor, and money clip.

If I need to take my laptop, I take my laptop case, which includes everything I might need for my laptop and little more (ethernet cords, power cords, headphones, headphone accessories, dongles, spare blank CDs, external mouse, etc).
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