NFL 'ban' on purses

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NFL 'ban' on purses

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?

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There already many places that are this way. A friend recently got married at the courthouse. She was not able to bring a purse of any kind. She was not supposed to bring a camera either but the Judge let her go get one anyway. Our library does not allow any bags over a certain size. I do not see how it is sexist.

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I can't see how its sexist. If anything, allowing purses 'because women need them' is special treatment, not equal treatment.

And women don't need them...they like them.

Well, lots of women do, I went to metlife stadium a few weeks ago and it didn't bother me because...i don't carry a purse!

I think its great. I get the safety thing, but really i like how much faster and easier it is to get through the lines because they don't have to be checking everyone's purse.

I can still bring tampons if need be in something small, and they will make medical exceptions.

The policy is right on the staidum page (at least for met life stadium) so if a person, male or female gets to the line and has to go back to their car they really have no one to blame but themselves.

We brought a helmet with us that had a face mask. They told us we couldn't bring it in because it had a facemask (do't ask me why, i never found out)....they actually had a check in place where they told us we could leave it and retrieve it after the game. We didn't have to go back to our car.

Anyway, put me in the 'I don't care' category. I know there are many people who don't love to go anywhere without their purse but seriously, that doesn't mean they are literally entitled to go anywhere they want to with their purse.

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ITA with Kim. I carry a small purse but I can easily go without it. I put my wallet in a pocket or just tuck my ID & debit card into my bra. Easy peasy. If I'm driving, which I generally try to avoid, then I wear shoes that I can tie my key onto. Thanks to Mirena I'm no longer in need of carrying tampons but I could tuck one in my pocket or sock, or just buy from the vending machine in the bathroom.

At AT&T Park, where we've attended numerous Giants games over the years, you can bring in purses and small soft-sided bags but you go through a separate entry line where they all have to be opened and checked. You can't bring in large bags, hard coolers, or anything with a hard frame, like those big baby backpacks which might answer Kim's helmet question, too. If they made a new rule about no tiny bags, including purses, I'd find a way to work with it, and not consider it in any way to be sexist or an invasion of privacy. I'd just consider it to be ridiculous as plenty of places are able to ensure safety without banning purses or other small bags.

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You can't bring in large bags, hard coolers, or anything with a hard frame, like those big baby backpacks which might answer Kim's helmet question, too.

Yeah it wasn't that because the hard helmet itself was fine, they told us it was specifically because of the facemask. We brought a hardhat too (like a construction workers hardhat) and they let us go in with that one.

I think they were just giving us a hard time because we are Patriots fans Wink

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The facemask is metal, like the metal tubing in baby backpacks.

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"Spacers" wrote:

The facemask is metal, like the metal tubing in baby backpacks.

Naa, it was a piece of junk...all plastic. Not a real football helmet.

Seamus actually broke the facemask trying to pull it off LOL

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In that case it sounds like they were just being petty Patriots bashers. :bigwink:

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The only thought I had was "what would I do with tampons?" Other then that I dont really care.

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Get one of those cute little cases to put them in.

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"mom3girls" wrote:

The only thought I had was "what would I do with tampons?" Other then that I dont really care.

Small clutches are allowed (No larger than 4.5" by 6.5")

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This is just weird. Why no bags? I go to the other football games all the time and we bring in meals and everything. And we sit with the Ultras so...

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GO RAVENS!!

That's my only input Smile

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"blather" wrote:

This is just weird. Why no bags? I go to the other football games all the time and we bring in meals and everything. And we sit with the Ultras so...

I believe one reason is so that you can not fit a gun or knife in it. There are now 3D printed guns that can very much kill but do not show up on a mettle detector.

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Why can't it be up to the individual stadium? Out here we can bring food to a Dodgers. They search through your stuff, make you throw some things away if necessary, and then you go in. It doesn't take a whole lot of time to look.

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

Why can't it be up to the individual stadium? Out here we can bring food to a Dodgers. They search through your stuff, make you throw some things away if necessary, and then you go in. It doesn't take a whole lot of time to look.

We also bring in stuff to the coliseum when we go to USC games. They search our bags, but lines getting in are always short and very efficient.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I believe one reason is so that you can not fit a gun or knife in it. There are now 3D printed guns that can very much kill but do not show up on a mettle detector.

Do they pat you down where you are? I could easily hide stuff that could do damage but not be detected in my shoes, pant legs, or anywhere else. The stabbing death in San Francisco happened at a bar; the beating in LA didn't involve a gun or knife.

I couldn't find any statistics on knife/gun injuries at sporting events. If it's really about safety, they should stop selling alcohol.

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DP

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Well, if anything it does help cut down on the ways you can bring things you shouldn't be bringing into the stadium. Just because they can't prevent every way....doesn't mean it isn't helpful in increasing safety. And maybe there are other reasons too. I think it defintiely helps speed things up if they don't have to worry about searching through bags.

I'm trying to remember if they did any pat downs or anything upon our entrance into the stadium. I don't think they did...but my erm...memory is a little fuzzy.