I work in a male-dominated industry, where at certain meetings I may be the only woman present at a gathering of 25 or 30 men. I wonder if any women were present when the NFL came up with their new “No Purse” policy.
The policy states that fans attending NFL games may only bring into the stadium:
(1) small clutch bag, the size of a hand
(2) up to a 12″ x 12″ x 6″ clear plastic bag (available for sale in your team’s official NFL shop!) or a 1 gallon Ziploc bag.
Congratulations, you’ve just made attending a football game as much fun as a trip to the airport! The NFL sites security as the reason for the policy change, and while I guess the deeper debate around this policy is the privacy vs. security controversy our country continues to grapple with, for the sake of this blog post, let’s look at the NFL’s new relationship with half the public. What happens when you institute a new and unpopular policy that affects an entire gender? And probably a lot of men, too, when you consider how many women are carry personal items for their husbands and boyfriends. Let’s also not forget about the youth crowd: the new policy will not make any exception for diaper bags.
The NFL set up a special page on their website which includes a FAQ page and video explaining the policy, but most people heard about the policy change in a news media, who quickly profiled angry tweets from women forced to throw out their purses at entry gates. Then the humor sites started popping up, including this video, “My bag. My choice.” or this blog post which encourages women to create team spirit themed tampon necklaces.
Will the policy stick? Time will tell.
Oh. And you can’t bring your seat cushions, either.