is it safe yet to carry a manbag?

4 Oct

Have you ever stopped to realise how much stuff you’re carrying around with you these days?

There was a day when all a guy carried was a few keys, some money, and maybe, if he was feeling particularly lucky, a rubber. Woman, always the carrier of useless tat, would of course have a handbag full of makeup, tissues, gloves, an address book, sanitary towels, and maybe, if she was feeling particularly lucky, some paracetamol. There used to be a definite division of the sexes.

Today, as with most things, the divisions are blurred. And the question on many people’s lips: is it now okay to carry a manbag?

Mr. Zhisou asked this very question back in January of last year (was it so long ago?).

He received short shrift from me: under no circumstances should you consider a ‘man-bag’. This blurring of the sexes is just what we should be cautioning young men about; Prada, Gucci, et al will do anything to ensnare the gentleman in their seasonal merry-go-round of leather accessories.

But I wonder if this subject shouldn’t be re-evaluated? Maybe Mr. Z was right? Should we not reconsider the usefulness of a medium sized personal carry-all for us gents?

Yesterday afternoon I was out. As the work-day hadn’t finished I had my field-equipment with me. I was carrying: –

12” Laptop
Nokia cell phone
BlackBerry
business cards
keys
iPod
camera
pens
diary
notebooks
cables

Ok, so I had a laptop, cables, and notebooks (things I wouldn’t normally carry), which are carried in a small case anyway, but even without these I still haven’t got room for everything else about my person. I only have a few pockets – and I look a proper gimp with them bulging awkwardly as I amble down the street. So how can I carry around such ‘indispensable’ things such as my BlackBerry, iPod, business cards, keys and diary without resorting to some kind of man-bag? The truth is I can’t.

The problem is, I don’t feel brave enough to carry a manbag. No way. I’m always reticent to try new fashions, this is why I still wear cords.

No I have a single choice. Do I cut out some of the gadgets, or do I brave a potential sartorial faux pas and plump for manbag?

So what can I lose?

Nokia? Probably, I only carry it because I have the matching hands free kit in the car. The business cards are a must but they’re not so big anyway. The BlackBerry is a necessity, as is the iPod (I hate waiting in queues or walking somewhere without my iPod – it’s such dead-time). I suppose I could dump the Moleskine diary and use the facility on the BlackBerry, but I so hate computerised diaries – they’re so unintuitive and slow. I could lose the camera, but I just hate seeing something that demands capture, only to be without a camera. It’s no good – I need all this stuff!

You see? I definitely need some sort of manbag – there is no other solution.

This commercialised world has finally destroyed my last drop of manliness. Anyone care for a white wine spritzer?

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10 Responses to “is it safe yet to carry a manbag?”

  1. jacoblurch@gmail.com October 4, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    I thought all men had man bags. Hold on you are talking about a bag to carry your stuff. I’ll get my coat…

  2. jacoblurch@gmail.com October 4, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    I thought all men had man bags. Hold on you are talking about a bag to carry your stuff. I’ll get my coat…

  3. aaronsheath@gmail.com October 5, 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    You’re just not taking this seriously, Jams, are you?

  4. aaronsheath@gmail.com October 5, 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    You’re just not taking this seriously, Jams, are you?

  5. ray@oneunified.net October 7, 2007 at 3:15 am #

    Maybe there is an alternative. Throw away the ipod, blackberry, camera, diary, & cell phone. Get a pocketpc, something like the HTC P3300 or recently released TyTN II. One little unit provides: camera, cell phone, notes, email, diary, music, remote access, wireless, …..When I leave my house, I have my P3300 with earphones, money clip, keys, and a pen. Nothing like traveling light.

  6. ray@oneunified.net October 7, 2007 at 3:15 am #

    Maybe there is an alternative. Throw away the ipod, blackberry, camera, diary, & cell phone. Get a pocketpc, something like the HTC P3300 or recently released TyTN II. One little unit provides: camera, cell phone, notes, email, diary, music, remote access, wireless, …..When I leave my house, I have my P3300 with earphones, money clip, keys, and a pen. Nothing like traveling light.

  7. fidothedogster@googlemail.com October 8, 2007 at 8:42 pm #

    Know what you mean, the number of times I have been late and yet upon leaving the house without my MP3 player I have thought “Can’t be traveling without that” and headed back for it. Same go’s for the camera, mobile etc etc etc…

  8. fidothedogster@googlemail.com October 8, 2007 at 8:42 pm #

    Know what you mean, the number of times I have been late and yet upon leaving the house without my MP3 player I have thought “Can’t be traveling without that” and headed back for it. Same go’s for the camera, mobile etc etc etc…

  9. htwtrman@aol.com October 20, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Just carry a backpack.

  10. htwtrman@aol.com October 20, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Just carry a backpack.

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