The Wah said something the other day that I found extraordinarily interesting.
(Not that I don't find everything the Wah says extraordinarily interesting; it's just I don't know how interested you'd all be in our post-show desconstructions of terrible British sci-fi series "Primeval".)
I was getting ready to go off somewhere and combing through my handbag - which at the moment happens to be a large-ish, orange carry-all, featuring embroidered Vietnamese god-figure on the front (courtesy of my Mum's trip to Ho Chi Minh city last year).
The Wah began ranting about women and handbags, and the messiness of it all. To paraphrase - his thesis was that no woman with a messy handbag can ever be taken seriously. Imagine, he said, meeting an important business contact, then fumbling through your bag looking for a business card. With men, reasoned the Wah, you reach into your wallet, grab a card, hand it over. No fuss. And men respect no fuss.
The Wah admitted that compartmentalised handbags are all right, if everything is stored neatly and made easily accessible. But they must be compartmentalised - because that's how men think.
Now amongst women, appreciation of handbags ranks second only to appreciation of shoes. I think most women understand that a messy handbag is an occasional hazard, nothing to be mocked. We have a lot of shit to carry, y'all. And despite the best efforts of the world's most fashionable scientists, we women are still struggling with "sinking key syndrome" (the reason you can never find your keys in under 10 seconds).
So I want to know the thoughts of others - what do men think of handbags? Do you think the style, colour or state of the contents say something about its owner? And ladies - is a handbag a fashion statement, or just a practical accessory? Is it entirely our fault - or can some of the blame be put on designers and trendsetters, who'd never be seen in baggy trousers with plenty of pocket room for phones, wallets, keys and a lip gloss*?
*Appreciation of lip gloss comes in third after shoes and handbags.