I chuckled to myself a bit when I chose to buy a brightly colored quilt-patterned purse in a marketplace a few months ago. The bag I normally used, a Human Rights Campaign knapsack, was wearing out, and I needed a new multipurpose tote.
I felt strangely vulnerable as I made my way through the London Underground one evening last September. I was dressed normally, and I wasn’t carrying anything particularly valuable. But I found myself more than usually alert to my surroundings (more even than the low-grade, background uneasiness common to any woman in a public space). I […]