Big Bags - A Soliloquy

Everyone - mainly the New York Times followed by the Wall Street Journal's usual lag - is worried about the effects of big bags on women's backs and s
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Everyone - mainly the New York Times followed by the Wall Street Journal's usual lag - is worried about the effects of big bags on women's backs and s
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Everyone - mainly the New York Times followed by the Wall Street Journal's usual lag - is worried about the effects of big bags on women's backs and shoulders. Yes, this could be a problem. But I'm kind of worried about the women who carry small bags - where do they put all their stuff? I've carried a big bag around for as long as I can remember (or at least as long as I haven't been carrying my red Jansport), and I never thought its size was a trend so much as a necessity. It currently holds my wallet, two books, my Moleskine calendar, two Moleskine notebooks (one big and one small), W, orange juice, an apple, endless pens and Lipsmackers, my new pink lipstick, a water bottle, some gold bangles, a hat, a sweater, the black tights I just bought, my iphone, my ipod, my keys, my Kiehl's cucumber lotion, and a lifetime supply of bobby pins. These are all things that I need everyday when I leave my apartment early in the morning and don't return until bed time. The only girl I know who actually carries a small bag on a daily basis is Natalie. She's 1/4 my size and so is her bag. I asked her where she puts all her stuff and she said, "In college, I carried the most ridiculously huge Puma bag everywhere - by the time I graduated I had serious back problems - so now I carry my little leather bag from a market in Florence, and I just hold my notebook in my hand. If I have to bring more stuff to work I'll bring it in a shopping bag." So that's why women carry shopping bags with their lunch and their shoes and their books? Because they carry small bags? That sounds backwards - the only way I'll abandon my duffel sized handbags is if I don't have anywhere to go for the day, or if I ever stop reading/using lotion/writing/drink juice/you get the point. How big is your bag? Or, how many bags do you carry?