Color Me Manly!

7 April 2008 at 8:39 pm 9 comments

Time and time again my boyfriend and I return to the question of purses. And every single time, it goes like this:

Him: So, why do girls carry purses? I mean, all they really are are external pockets.

Me: Exactly!

Him: Exactly, so you don’t need them, you could just put your stuff in your pockets. Wear cargo pants, it’s easier. Like: guys just put everything in their pockets. There’s no need for your purses. *Colorcast pictures herself wearing khaki cargo pants with lumpy pockets laden with every possible item that might be in her purse, and shudders*

Me: That’s why they have man purses. You should get one.

Him: Man purses?! That’s…wierd. Man. Purse…?

Me: They’re usefull. And your pockets wouldn’t be lumpy.

Him: No. It’s wierd. I can just wear cargo pants!


Boys! I tell you…

Okay, I am going to debunk this myth right now: man purses are not wierd, nor are they reson for people to question your orientation. They are useful! Lots of people have them! William Sledd has bunches! I am going to use the trendy males of Seoul to illustrate the benefits of having man purses:

1. SEE??

The Honest-to-Goodness External Pocket.

The scenario: Middle-aged man has too much stuff for his pockets and is really not feeling the cargo pants. What does he do? He gets a man purse. (And notice how un-pursey this man purse is! What’s the fuss? They don’t have to look like PURSES…) Problem solved, easy cheesy.

2. It\'s a great way to catch the ladies...

The Man Purse…Emphasis on the Purse…

The Scenario: Korean 20-something needs a place for his stuff and sees the value in a jumbo holding space with straps for carrying convenience. (If you carry it on your back, you’ll hardly even notice that it is there!! Unless you have as much stuff in your purse as I do…) It’s even a “manly” color, brown, in a “manly” material, leather.

I bet it gained him epic cool points with the girlfriend, too!!

3.get creative with your man purse

The Man Purses to Send the Man Purse Post Home!

The Scenario: Look at these kids! LOOK HOW MUCH FUN THEY ARE HAVING WITH THEIR MAN PURSES. Those people you think are going to follow you around mocking your man purse…you know them? Notice where they are in this picture? THEY AREN’T. They are off hiding behind the headless Buddha statues being jealous. (These two are at Gyeongju, if you were curious why there are randomly headless Buddha statues)


So. Now that we have three prime examples with Koreans of all ages using man purses (or murses, if you are having a fine time recieving the idea but not the term) successfully, without mockery or strange looks, I have a question to ask you, male readers:

Where’s YOUR man purse?

Entry filed under: accessories, do it!, now you know.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ben The Broom  |  7 April 2008 at 8:51 pm

    So this is my favorite…. hahahaha… awesome job i totally agree with you on the topic of man purses like i use a “messenger bag” same thing….

    Ben The Broom….

  • 2. sassy P  |  7 April 2008 at 9:00 pm

    haha, i wonder if one were to venture into bf’s closet…. if all that would be found would be a stack of *cargo pants!* Someday, he will have to give-in to a murse.. It may not be today, it may not be tommorow, but someday, he will.

  • 3. G & P  |  8 April 2008 at 11:30 am

    You are amazing! So much insight into different ideas, etc. So much fun to follow your posts.

  • 4. guess who  |  8 April 2008 at 7:21 pm

    first of all where did the cargo pants come into the conversation?

    i mentioned them one time the rest of the time i just said pockets…
    oh and im not going to give in to a murse anytime soon, so just get used to me carrying a wallet, my phone, and nothing else 🙂
    which brings me to my next point… why the heck do you all load up your purses with all kinds of unnecessary things.. i mean u can live with a cell phone, ur wallet, and a mirror: that fits in ur pocket or in a backpack (and u dont even need cargo pants to do it)

    Thats my two cents (oh and by the way im trying to get u riled up so dont think that this is my regular view of purses, i just dont like the idea of having one… we can just wear regular old backpacks.. which i do wear outside of school)

  • 5. colorcast  |  8 April 2008 at 7:28 pm

    one day you were so exasperated with this facetious argument we keep having and told me “JUST WEAR CARGO PANTS!” … do you remember? ^ _ ^

    ok, fair…besides, if you don’t want one, thats fine. just know that they are just as usefull as pockets (maybe more 🙂 ) and that you were the inspiration for this post ^ _ ^

    and as for unnecessary things…you never know when that dictionary or economy-sized bottle of foundation will come in handy! (I used to carry around my lab goggles and cell phone charger… hey, why not…)

    ok, ok, granted: a backpack will suffice


    (now im just trying to get you riled up… but its true… ^ _ ^)

  • 6. scarfgirl  |  8 April 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Okay…girls (especially sanguine girls…like me 🙂 feel the need to bring everything they might possible need with them (ipod, cell phone, wallet, Animal Farm, jumpdrive, camera, keys, book you actually WANT to read, kleenex, sketch book, eyedrops, etc.).

    Plus, who has room in their backpack when they go to the Academy? I have to carry books as it is.

    But, I also respect that guys are probably more practical with what they bring with them than many of us females!

  • 7. Luke  |  9 April 2008 at 10:46 pm

    OMG!!! u know william sledd!!! lol that guy cracks me up so bad…did u see his 24th birthday vid? HAHAHAH!! ‘thats a hot knee…’ ok i’ll stop
    seriously colorcast, a man with a purse is like…a girl with a moustache…it’s an anomaly…something out of the ordinary. it’s not a faux pas, but it’s something that men have shunned for centuries b\c they think that it deducts from their manliness. and u know that men take great stock in their manliness!!
    ok so i’m done now…i really must be typing my english teacher paper. ugh, i think i may have contracted a vasscular disease from this…cough cough

  • 8. claire :D  |  11 April 2008 at 3:17 pm

    ahhhh i love william sledd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and yes.. i agree..guys can most definitely have “man purses”!!

  • 9. Queentazo  |  29 April 2008 at 5:18 pm

    omg i love you!
    (its ur cheerleader friend by the way… o yes)

    OMG… william sledd>> but colorcast, maybe not the best example to convince straight guys lol

    I’m loving the third pic… and yes man bag’s score major points with girls (but if and only if they are not UGLY… cuz an ugly purse isn’t functional)


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