It's Tough Being a Guy ...  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
11/4/2005 7:12 am

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It's Tough Being a Guy ...

Helga_Hansen posted a piece on why it was better to be a woman than a man (Ten fantastic reasons why it's wonderful to be a woman!!). Well, I've found another reason: the humble handbag.

Now, please don't get me wrong. I don't have the desire to obsess over handbags as so many women seem to. I've been married twice and I still don't begin to understand how a woman can possibly need so many different handbags (and don't even get me started on shoes). I have other things I'm far happier spending money on.

But sometimes I can't help wishing that the social mores in this country allowed us mere men to carry some kind of masculine handbag. Carrying keys and coins and other bits and bobs in trouser pockets is certainly convenient but ...

This lunchtime - and, it has to be said, for the third time in under a month - I was happily strolling along when I realised that the pretty tinkling noise was being made by money falling through my pocket, down the trouser leg and onto the ground. I recovered what I could but I know damn well that some will go to funding someone else's weekend rather than mine.

I'm only lucky that I haven't lost my keys that way yet.

What is a man to do? Metallic objects - especially pointy, edgy ones like keys - wear holes in pockets. And it usually seems as if the holes appear in an instant (after all, how often do we take a good look at the inside of our pockets?). Now I'm a dab hand at sewing buttons on shirts, I can darn socks (though I prefer not to) and I have been known to turn trousers up and sew up the crotch after over-exertion. But repairing pockets? I wouldn't know where to begin.

So we carry our keys and coins in our trouser pockets as generations of men have done before us. Let's face it, the only real alternative is a little purse ... and which one of us really wants to have to resort to that?

And if anyone has a sensible, practical (and, above all, culturally acceptable!) solution, please enlighten me.

See ... as I told you right at the start, it's tough being a guy.


Wackytits 53F

11/4/2005 10:44 am

TQ....I'm tempted to say "Bumbag." But that would hide that sexy butt of yours. xx

AlbertPrince 58M

11/4/2005 12:19 pm

Put your key on a piece of string round your neck and send all your money to me.

saddletrampsk 54F

11/4/2005 12:49 pm

Well I wish I could pee standing up as much as you wish you could carry a purse..suck it up..

GB_Cple 66M/55F  
3045 posts
11/4/2005 10:33 pm

Yes, you can get handbags for men, they are small enough to carry wallet, keys, driving licence etc , and actualy fit in your hand.

They are used a lot here by men in Germany, but not as fashionable as they once were.
lots of men use them only in the summer, as a means to transport the things they need to carry with them , as there are not enough pockets availible in summer clothes.

(Spent ages trying to post a picture of one, but have now given up . I'll put one on my blog instead)

rm_dizzyandfun 48F
752 posts
11/5/2005 12:09 am

Well said Wacky!!

Quiet - GB is right. The Spanish, French and Italians all carry these smart leather bags, more like a filofax type of thing. Again, not as popular as they once were.

And usual...has the correct answer for everything LOL

Diz xx

helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
11/5/2005 10:32 am

Q... well at least I know you're not bald and using your holey pockets to run your fingers through your hair

And to badly quote Elvis...wallet's the one for the money...

And (she's on roll here) in Germany you get something called a schl├╝sselband which is a long band you wear around your neck, and there is a part that comes off from the band, when you need to use your keys. Kids there usually have them, but they are popular with adults too. I've got one somewhere... want me to send it to you?


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
11/5/2005 1:39 pm

Hunz, my dad used to have a "manly purse" thingy... He loved it...

Now he's retired he just wears an army issue shirt with 500 pockets... lol

hotandhorny107 58F

11/5/2005 11:24 pm

I say find a nice gentleman's bag and go for it or come up with something and start a trend. Design it sell it make millions and come share it with me..

IdealSmile 40M

11/6/2005 6:49 am

Get the women to carry it, but dont let them know your pin.Same goes for suitcases and flatpack furniture,They want equality let them know what it meansd.this is the 21st century after

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
11/7/2005 6:01 am

Wow! Lots of suggestions ... I'm not sure I can find one that suits, though. Except, possibly, for IdealSmile's! Mind you, that does rather require having a woman around to do the carrying for me ...

Wackytits ... I don't mind if you think my "butt" is "cute" but a bumbag definitely isn't. Quite apart from screaming tourist at the world, it would mark me down as a target for every single pickpocket in London!

Albert ... A practical solution, I grant you. I need to think about it for a while!

Saddletrampsk ... "Suck it up"? Suck what up exactly?? As a matter of (vague) interest, I have been assured that it is possible for women to pee standing up, even to use a men's urinal, but it does apparently take practice!

GBC, Dizzy ... I know about the little manbags from the continent but that's the whole point: we used to laugh at them when they made their appearance in the films we watched in French class (well, obviously I didn't but the rest of the class, brutes that they were, did ). If they were even vaguely acceptable over here I'd be carrying one.

Helga ... "using your holey pockets to run your fingers through your hair" ... ummm ... could be tricky that anyway (my, but it's good to have that emote working properly!). As for the schl├╝sselband that might be the best idea. It's Al's thing of the piece of string I assume but marketed at a higher profit margin!

EE ... Ah, a shirt of many pockets. In some ways that's an attractive idea apart from (a) the fact I could have my pockets picked many times over simultaneously, (b) it could make hugging uncomfortable and (c) I can't help thinking that it would just mean more pockets to work holes in!

Hotandhorny ... Now you're talking! I'll get the creative part of my brain stimulated later. Mind you, I strongly suspect the best I'll manage to come up with is a bit of string to hang around your neck ...

As a great poet once wrote: "String / Is a wonderful thing. / Rope is thicker / But string is quicker".

rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
11/16/2005 11:44 am

both my husband and new lover have a similar kind of "hand bag" -- they are rugged olive green canvas "army" style bags, with pockets which can be used for cellphone, keys, palmtop, etc ... Actually, we have quite a good selection of male "hand bags" in SA... depending what you like, as they tend not to go well with more formal dress.

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