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A Truly Manly Geek Carries a Purse

A Truly Manly Geek Carries a Purse – aka Laptop Bag

When I was in college my female friends would sometimes play a game called, “What’s in your purse?” From which they would go around the room and pull out the craziest items ranging from a roll of toilet paper to a hotel single cup coffee maker.

A Truly Manly Geek Carries a Purse

25 years later, I fully admit… I was jealous the male species didn’t have such fashionable and socially acceptable accessories. Why wasn’t there a “man purse” that you carry with you at all times? After all, us guys needed a place to carry such important necessities, like jumper cables or laptop battery backup units.

Thankfully times have changed, as our society now embraces WiFi Implants and Rechargeable Robotic Pets, so let’s start a political movement for the “man purse”!

Can’t Quite Do a Purse, Then Call It a Laptop Bag

My Manly Purse, the Laptop BagNow some of you may not be completely ready to accept this paradigm shift. Change is hard and takes time. Therefore I offer a suggestion to make the “man purse” migration in smaller steps. Call it a “laptop bag.”

For the past two years, I have been carrying my man purse under the disguise of the laptop bag. Guys, the women have it right, I love carrying a purse, as a wallet just doesn’t cut it. A quick audit of my purse, I’m mean laptop bag, outside of the obvious laptop reveal:

  • I have drugs (prescription & head/cold),
  • Pens, one pencil, & a highlighter,
  • Coins, change, even a few dollar bills,
  • Napkins, & plastic ware,
  • 10 different phone chargers, USB sticks, & power cables,
  • A spiral notebook, a book, business cards, & keys,
  • Business receipts, mints, hand sanitizer, and finally
  • A Powerpoint clicker and presentation pointer.

When you really examine that list and compared to what is found in most women’s purses, how exactly is that different? A truly manly geek carries a purse – aka the laptop bag. A bag by any other names, is still a purse.

Is the “laptop bag” the new manly purse? Guys, do you carry a man purse or laptop bag? What’s in your purse?

Paid feature image from, embedded image of Fred’s real purse, I mean laptop bag.

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Fred Campos, Top Geek, blogs about everything from House of Cards to Subway. In addition to blogging, he is a public speaker and humorist in child custody, social media, web development and parenting. He is married to one @SuperParentMom, and raising three world changers. For more details on his custody course visit, Like this post? Make sure you subscribe to this blog.

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  • Allison Grant October 6, 2015, 1:10 pm


    When I was in college, I had a giant purse from which I carried all my school books. The funnest item I had in my purse, was a fully functional hairdryer. Not the fold up type but one of those big hunking types.

    I fully support you in going public with your “man purse.” I now challenge you do invest in a few designer ones to match your crocs! *wink*

    • FullCustodyDad October 6, 2015, 2:34 pm


      Thanks for reading. I knew a girl in high school whose purse was pretty much her suitcase. She kept everything in it. I think it weighed like 50 lbs.

      Thanks for supporting my man purse coming out post. While I would love to support more fashionable designer, um, laptop bags, I still have to answer to my fashion consulting 16 1/2 year old daughter. Although I have to say, I do love that my dress code causes her concern. Sometimes I wear the green crocs just to see if she’ll notice. *hehe*