NFL = Not Fair the the Ladies?

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.

Beth C.

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4 Responses to NFL = Not Fair the the Ladies?

  1. student says:

    The good news is that the concept of male domination is being rapidly made moot by the sissification of our culture. Everywhere we go we are subject to this kind of abuse and the galling sanctimony (it’s for the good of all) that comes with it. It seems we will put up with anything. The NFL probably did their focus group studies, and found that a majority will think it is virtuous of them, or will be at the least indifferent. And the ratchet clicks another stop.

  2. Jay says:

    I hate this policy. I am definitely guilty of using a “mule” or two (a long long time ago) to sneak something into game or concert. However, this policy is only as smart as the people that have already figured out how to beat it. Tampon necklaces would improve some of the fan attire witnessed at Buffalo Bills games. #GOBROWNS.

  3. Connor says:

    I feel that the NFL really dropped the ball by not informing fans before attending the game. While we tailgated this weekend our group stopped at least 10 different people to inform them that their bags were too large to be brought in. Imagine how many unhappy people there were on Sunday when they found out they had to travel back to their cars! Not a good way to kickoff the season.

  4. student says:

    I think the NFL could have beefed up security without completely banning normal sized purses. Checking bags and the use of metal detectors should be sufficient to ensure public safety, it seems to work fine at all other sporting events. What about fans with medical conditions that need to bring in a inhaler or diabetic syringe. Are these fans now forced to broadcast their medical conditions through a clear plastic bag to an entire stadium of people. Through the implementation of this new policy the NFL has alienated a large population of fans. I can see changes to this policy coming in the near future.

    -Dan C