First off, I can be mighty slow on the uptake about things like this, because I usually pay little heed to the conventions that dictate you must do something in a less comfortable, practical, or effective way in order to be “manly”.
But one evening I was walking back from a quick trip to the market, and I heard a wolf-whistle. Not seeing any likely object of such whistling in the vicinity, I wondered if they meant me, as if to call my manliness into question. But I can’t think of anything I was doing, unless it was the way I was carrying my grocery bag…much as a woman carries a purse, slung over the shoiulder. Like I said, I think some of these conventions about gender appropriate behavior border on the asinine. In the last Seinfeld episode, when it was said that George’s kneeling backwards on an airplane seat so he could talk to the person behind him was effeminate, I was more bemused than amused. But at the same time I recognize that I live in an asinine culture that places great importance in these behavioral traits.
So what do other people think about this (the grocery bag question)? Because Europeans tend to be a little more open minded about this sort of thing, it would be helpful if you say where you’re from.