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Handbags and Women-Choice or Biological
by: Henrietta Timmons
Handbags have been one of the necessities of life for women
ever since recorded history began. It was important to have
the items that one used often close at hand and articles found
in a purse have ranged from ornate sewing scissors (17th century)to
todays mandatory cell phone and credit cards.
is it that women carry their belongings around and men just
have their wallets? My opinion is that the need to carry something
to hold goods is a fundamental need rooted in the biology of
females. Who is the main caregiver of the family from prehistory
to the present? Yes, I know that traditional roles are gradually
evolving but what person in the "traditional" family
is the most responsible for taking care of everyone? In most
cases, it it the woman who gets people organized and make sure
everyone has whatever they need.
Biologically speaking, the female of our species takes care
of her offspring and makes sure that all needs will be taken
care of once the home is left. I believe that this has evolved
into women carrying all that they need and what everyone else
could possibly want in their handbag. To illustrate - when you
go out with a male friend do you ask him for tissues, pen, or
paper? No - you ask another female. Another nuturer is more
likely to have some basic necessities than a male.
Am I saying that there is a basic "purse carrying"
gene? No - what I am saying is that, biologically speaking,
females are the caregivers of the world and have always had
this role thrust upon them since the beginning of Homo sapiens.
It is our destiny (both physically and psychologically) to make
sure that the world is in order. We can't handle the entire
planet but we do our best to organize our own particular sphere!
Our "caregiving" instincts are attuned to others and,
if we fight this destiny, there is a feeling of things not being
"quite right" around us. So enjoy carrying your handbag
and know that you are making the global community a better place
About The Author
Henrietta is a handbag designer and can be found at