Apr. 30th, 2013

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One thing about this that bothered me some time back -- there was a discussion (on TV, radio, I don't remember) that talked about when there was an emergency, like in an office building, men were wise enough to just get up and go, while women insisted on going back to their desks for their purses. I thought, "Yeah, but men have pockets! They have their 'purse' with them at all times!"

See, if my ex-husband had just walked out, he would have had with him emergency doses of his most important meds, cash and credit cards, his cell phone, keys to his car and house, ID, emergency contact numbers, and a pocket knife -- all important urban survival tools. I would have had none of that without my purse. I would have at least hesitated and considered going back for it, and not because I am "foolishly attached to things just as things" . Pockets make a difference! Which is one reason I love my jeans! (Mom jeans, that is, with lovely big pockets).

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] hitchhiker at What we talk about when we talk about pockets
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] merchimerch at What we talk about when we talk about pockets
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy at What we talk about when we talk about pockets
This post is about pockets, feminism, design, autonomy and common sense. Please feel free to repost or link to it if you know people who'd benefit from the discussion.

A few weeks ago [livejournal.com profile] trillian_stars and I were out somewhere and she asked "Oooh, can I get a cup of coffee?" and I thought "why are you asking me? You don't need permission." But what I discovered was that her clothes had no pockets, so she had no money with her.

Mens clothes have pockets. My swimsuits have pockets. All of them do, and it's not unusual, because, what if you're swimming in the ocean and you find a fist full of pirate booty in the surf? You need somewhere to put it. Men are used to carrying stuff in their pockets, you put money there, you put car keys there. With money and car keys come power and independence. You can buy stuff, you can leave. The idea of some women's clothes not having pockets is baffling, but it's worse than that -- it's patriarchal because it makes the assumption that women will either carry a handbag, or they'll rely on men around them for money and keys and such things. (I noticed this also when Neil & Amanda were figuring out where her stuff had to go because she had no pockets.) Where do women carry tampons? Amanda wondered, In their boyfriend's pockets, Neil concluded.

I then noticed that none of [livejournal.com profile] trillian_stars' running clothes had pockets. Any pockets. Which is (as they always say on "Parking Wars") ridikulus. Who leaves the house with nothing? (It's not a rhetorical question, I actually can't think of anybody).

We fixed some of this by getting this runners wrist wallet from Poutfits on Etsy -- it holds money, ID, keys ... the sort of stuff you'd need. Plus you can wipe your nose on it. It solves the running-wear problem, but not the bigger problem.




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The bigger problem is that people who design women's fashions are still designing pants and jackets that have no pockets. In fact, this jacket we got last December has ... no pockets. It's not a question of lines or shape, it's a question of autonomy.



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So I'm asking my friends who design women's clothes to consider putting pockets in them, they can be small, they can be out of the way, they can be inside the garment, but space enough to put ID, and cash and bus tokens. And maybe a phone. (And if you can design a surreptitious tampon stash, I'm sure Neil & Amanda & a lot of other people would appreciate it as well.)





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