22 Mar '11, 6am

[TR] In Singapore, Love Means Carrying My Prada Bag For Me

[TR] In Singapore, Love Means Carrying My Prada Bag For Me

Women from all nations: What do you think? Is it romantic if your boyfriend wants to carry your handbag for you? If he offered, would you let him? I’m experiencing culture shock in my own hometown. I spent five years away and returning back to Singapore has taken some getting used to. A significant number of Singaporean men think it is an expression of love to carry their girlfriend’s or wife’s handbag for them when they are out together. Now, I’m usually a live and let live type of person, but I knew I had to say something when I saw a man carrying his spouse’s mustard-yellow Birkin bag–as she stood by his side. It got me thinking that if the lady couldn’t carry her own $10,000 bag, then perhaps she didn’t deserve it at all. The handbag-carrying guy seems to be a uniquely Singaporean phenomenon. It looks profoundly more absurd when said man is carrying his girlfriend’s te...

Full article: http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/03/22/in-singapore-love...

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