Obviously this is a bit late in the (NFL) season to be having this debate but I wasn't aware of this issue until this past weekend when an irate friend attempting to attend her first NFL game was impacted.
The NFL has spent the past several years pushing to widen its market base to appeal more to women. Football jerseys, tees, hats and more all now have "female' versions. This season, however, they managed to infuriate this segment by instituting a ban on almost all purses. A tiny hand-sized clutch is allowed -- smaller than the NFL ticket itself. Women also have the option to carry their personal items in a one gallon clear ziploc bag or may purchase a team specific clear bag such as one of these: Denver Broncos Clear Reusable Bag or NFL Shield Clear Tote Bag.
Those attending the game with a purse outside of these restrictions are expected to either return to their vehicle to store (and hope it does not get stolen), buy an approved bag and toss their own purse in the garbage or leave.
The reason given is listed as safety and to help expedite check-ins. You can read through the policy at 2013 Stadium Bag Policy.
Do you feel that the NFL policy is sexist, an invasion of women's privacy, or one that is needed for safety? If the latter, would you want this extended to concert venues, theaters, malls -- anywhere with crowds?