On the weekend, after I had packed up my little market stall, I put my handbag at the feet of my lovely lady and asked her to watch it while I put some things in a bin nearby. I returned to find her laughing with her housemate. Curious at to what had happened in such a small window of time, I shot a quizzical look her way and she told me they were laughing about the fact she had to mind a handbag and has never dated a handbag carrier before.
I hadn’t really thought about it before, but of all my lesbian friends, I can only think of one other handbag carrier. Some carry backpacks and the rest shovel everything into their pockets. I have had backpacks through school, but since then, they’ve never really held any appeal for me. I am sure, ergonomically, it would be far and away better for me to carry a backpack than heaping my giant bag on one shoulder but what can you do? Backpacks just don’t work for me. Pockets are entirely out of the question. Let me tell you what is currently in my handbag and see if you can guess why pockets just don’t cut it:
- an iPod Touch
- three pens of various colors
- four lipglosses of various colors
- a tiny packet of tissues
- a small pack of anti-bacterial wipes
- a bottle of hand sanitizer
- a packet of pain killers
- half a roll of Oreos (my attempt at packing “lunch” for work today)
- an Economics textbook and a folder full of notes (in an attempt to guilt myself into study)
- a small note book
- three DVDs
- a Peppermint Magazine (because I knew I wouldn’t study)
- half a roll of Lifesavers
- a card holder with my public transport card
- a foldable umbrella
- a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser
Just last week I pulled a wipe from my bag to clean a sticky table at a bar and then later in the night as a friend lamented the lack of peanut butter, choc chip cookies in her evening, guess what I was able to produce from my handbag?! (To be fair, it was out of my bag at the point, but I had been carrying around the bag of said cookies in my handbag to give to a friend that night.) How do you pocket girls deal with these situations? I guess that most of you would be able to handle a sticky table at a bar? I wouldn’t say I am a particularly girly girl, so it’s not like I am totally precious, I just like to have a lot of bits and pieces at my disposal. It’s not all bad for my friends either, if I am out with my pocket-loving pals they will all too happily decant their excess load into the bottomless pit of my faux leather, home away from home.
Tell me ladies, are there other handbag carriers amongst the ranks? Are most of you backpacking lesbians? Pocket lovers? Or something else all together? I have known people who are a big fan stuffing things in their bra rather than using a purse. Why do you choose your vessel of choice? Indulge me, tell me about your choices!