Smithsonian institution Complaint - Smithsonian is sexist and stupid

Review by joey301 on 2010-07-10
WASHINGTON DC -- The Portrait gallery museum in DC does not allow men to have an over the shoulder bag, but they allow women
To have the same shoulder bags. The guards are rude and do not care if you can point
To more than a dozen women with similar or larger bags.
Comments:18 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-07-11
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-07-10:
there had to be a reason given.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-10:
I agree this doesn't sound fair, however, I'm wondering if the exact style of the bag makes a difference. Were you told that men are not allowed any shoulder bags at all or just the one you were carrying?
Posted by V on 2010-07-10:
Humm... That is odd. According to the Simthsonian's safty rules, bags are allowed in but will be checked. There is nothing about not allowing shoulder bags:


You may wish to drop them a polite note on how you feel you were treated.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-10:
Good info, Mrs. V. I have a feeling there was something about the OP's particular bag that might have caused the problem.
Posted by V on 2010-07-10:
Thanks, Venice ^_^

If it was 'overly large', they may have said something. But I live near DC and I have never seen a problem with bags before and I have seen people carrying large backpacks in.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-10:
There's not a lot of information in this review, which is why I think there's more to it. Maybe it wasn't so much the size of the bag, but something else about it that made it suspicious. Maybe the OP will come back with some more details.
Posted by V on 2010-07-10:
You're most likely right, Venice. I do believe that there is something more to this story also.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-07-10:
Tell 'em it's a man purse.
Posted by Starlord on 2010-07-11:
fast, ROFL ^5. This reminds me of the commercial with the '
European shoulder bag.' What got me is, what is the one thing no woman ever leaves the house without? Right, her purse. The woman in the commercial had no purse, so she obviously had gotten the guy with the man purse to carry her stuff for her. And the roll of the eyes told Flo he couldn't say anything against it. ROFLMAO
Posted by V on 2010-07-11:
Hey, Starlord, I must be the only female on this plant that doesn't carry a purse, lol ^_^ I carry a tri-fold mens wallet. That way I don't ever put it down to look at something on walk off >_<
Posted by Pepper on 2010-07-11:
i have a trifold too
actually i often get male wallets. but the pants i'm wearing right now don't have big enough pockets.

though once the plastic carry bag i use falls apart i'll probably switch to my E&E pack for taking my stuff to work. it's pretty nice for carrying lots of stuff
Posted by V on 2010-07-11:
I wear jeans for most everything, so I'm ok with pockets ^_^ And on the few occaisons that I'm wearing something that doesn't have pockets, well, that's what I have a husband for ^_~
Posted by Helpful on 2010-07-11:
You're right, the Smithsonian is stupid. Oy! Stay in school.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-11:
I don't carry a purse either. I keep everything in a wallet type thing with a keychain. That way I can't leave wherever I am without my wallet because my car keys are attached to it. Anything that doesn't fit in the wallet goes in my pockets. And what doesn't fit in my pockets.. well, as Mrs. V. said, that's what husbands and family members are for.
Posted by joey301 on 2010-07-11:
Its nice to see that people actually read these things. I can follow up on some of the comments. There are no rules about bags posted at the museum. My bag was a single shoulder bag, the kind that crisscross your back with one strap. It is a small bag. I saw many larger bags, particularly the back pack type of purse that a lot of women carry. I passed by two guards who said nothing about my bag, it was the third guard who said something. Just as he got after me, I looked around and saw many people around me with similar or larger bags who he was ignoring and I pointed this out to him. Have you ever tried to tell anyone who thinks they have some authority anything? If so, you can easily imagine his response. There was noting unique about me, or about my bag. The guards at the Smithsonian are either poorly trained, do not do their jobs well, or have some really stupid rules they are forced to follow.
Posted by Kenneth on 2010-07-11:
'Man Purse' is an oxymoron
Posted by V on 2010-07-11:
joey, thank you for coming back and explaining some things.

If something like this ever happends again, you are full within your right to ask to speak with that persons superior (or the director of the museum if you are at one).

Also, please write into the Smithsonian about this situation (also include the guards name if you happen to have gotten it).

And please give the Smithsonian another chance. It is really a wonderful place with very good exhibits. I particularly like the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-11:
"Have you ever tried to tell anyone who thinks they have some authority anything?"

That's a good point, but please don't judge all the security guards based on this one who gave you a hard time. I hope you take Mrs. V's advice and write to the Smithsonian and explain what happened.

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