Murse vs. Manbag: YOU! (read: I!) Decide.

A murse. A man purse. A ‘no.’

The look and the holding mechanism are all wrong here. There’s something about a man supporting a bag with his wrist that says “I’m done with this whole testosterone thing, please, take my nuts.”

A manbag is either grabbed by the handles directly in a manly manner or slung around the shoulders properly. This is all. No handles around the wrist or elbow, ever.

A manbag is kind of a funny term, not to be taken too lightly. Depending upon tone, one can use manbag in a harmless or semi-threatening manner. A MURSE, though, is in fact a stab at the jugular of your manhood. If someone calls you out for having a murse, this is suitable grounds for arguing and possibly fighting.



Notice the bolder, square-ish shape. You need some manly boxiness in a bag. You also need good strong handles for properly manhandling such a bag. The shoulder strap is totally necessary to maintain maneuverability with two free arms. Rugged construction, leather and nylon, some metal finishes… all the ingredients for a manbag that says “Not a purse, buddy.”

In fact, as a rule of thumb when picking a bag for taking to work/class/etc., imagine a bag you would want to haul stolen money or drugs in after a heist. Better yet, you’re toting the hand of a man you recently chopped into pieces.Yes, a bag so badassical yet still elegant enough to wear with a suit without calling any unwarranted attention to yourself.

Also good in the Manshion book:

Finally, if the bag resembles a purse in any way, it is, without question, a murse.

Additional Notes, courtesy of Urban Dictionary:

2. murse
303 up, 66 down

Also used to describe a male handbag, or man-purse.

Wow. I never thought I’d see a murse with a murse in his hands!

by Choco Taco ATL Jul 27, 2005 email it
3. murse
156 up, 33 down

a man-purse. very fashion-forward right now, seen on many hipster guys. the line between a messenger bag and murse is very fluid – typically a murse is a bit smaller than a traditional messenger, and may have a slightly more stylized look to it. a murse can also be used to carry a laptop computer – one of the reasons it is so popular right now.

“wow, Mark’s new laptop fits perfectly into that small bag he carries”
“yeah, that’s a great murse. it matches his american apparel shirt.”

by Apb24.1 Canada May 2, 2006 email it
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