December 11, 2010

Shirin Gerami and San Jose State

Experts say the contents of your purse can tell someone a lot about who you are as a person. So what can we learn about you from what's inside your high-fashion handbag? San Jose State professor Shirin Gerami

A fox news report gave some insight when they talked to a filmmaker who has done a documentary where she looks into dozens of women's purses, from young kids to senior citizens, and found lots of insight into their lives from the cosmetics, drugs and medicine, and other goodies found in the designer purses.

A professor named Shrin Gerami "From the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, women have been to the office, the doctor, the soccer game, and the grocery store," she says. "The messiness is not reflective of if we're organized or creative, it's reflective of all the things we have to do for everyone else. Of course the hand bag designers are assiduous and take advantage of the situation to the point that we go broke and have back pain."

Shirin Gerami and San Jose State

Since before the time of hunters and gatherers, women have been carrying necessities not only for themselves but for their communities, says Shirin Gerami, a women's studies professor at San Jose State University. "We are following our great-great-grandmothers' advice," Gerami says. "What you need, you take with you. But we also carry what our children, partners, or older parents might need because of our roles as caregivers." Gerami says women lead messy lives, and they are reflected in our purses.

Shirin Gerami and San Jose State

Posted at December 11, 2010 4:41 AM