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Designer Makes 'Pussy Purses' To Combat Manspreading - And Beyoncé Is A Fan

17/07/2015 11:08 BST | Updated 17/07/2015 11:59 BST

Behold the 'Pussy Purse' - the statement handbag with a social message.

#PussyPouch #PussyPosse #DAMNsel

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On the DAMNsel website, designer Rachel Feinberg explains how an encounter with 'manspreading' inspired her to create these attention grabbing bags.

One morning while commuting on the New York Metro, Feinberg sat down with her legs crossed and three bags piled on her lap.

She took out the book she was reading: Politics of Reality: Oppression by Marilyn Frye, and was struck by a line that read:

"Consider, by comparison, the discipline of women’s cramped physical postures and attenuated stride.”

When Feinberg glanced around the train she noticed that every woman in her train carriage, herself included, was sat with their bag on their lap and their legs either crossed or tightly closed, while the majority of men sat with their legs relaxed and "extended in all directions".

"We [women] have been instructed to not be as carefree as men," Feinberg told Refinery29.

"We don’t have that luxury, and I don’t understand why.

"Are women’s body parts more offensive? Even more so than a penis? This doesn’t make sense to me."

She added that the thought process behind the DAMNsel purses was that they would allow women to: "still sit with their legs crossed, and still remain conservative and 'classy’ if they chose, yet if a DAMNsel purse is held on their lap, it reminds the world that we are still advocating for social change, and women should have the opportunity to be as open as men."

Feinberg's bags have now found some high profile fans, including Beyoncé, transgender model Andreja Pejic, Pussy Riot and model Elliott Sailors.

@beyonce with her #PussyPouch

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Hello damnsels! #pussyriot Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina repping #pussypouch #artfrieze

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@andrej_pejic backstage at DKNY. #PussyPouch #PussyPosse #DAMNsel

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@elliottsailors with her 😻👛 at #NYFW ! #PussyPouch #PussyPosse #DAMNsel

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SEE ALSO:

Beyoncé Has More Rainbow Outfits Than You

What Happens When A Woman Tries 'Manspreading'

Manspreading: Why We Do It and Why We Need to Stop

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#PussyPouch #PussyPosse #DAMNsel

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#PussyPouch #PussyPosse #DAMNsel

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#PussyPouch #PussyPosse #DAMNsel

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