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What we talk about when we talk about pockets [Apr. 29th, 2013|08:33 am]
kyle cassidy
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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 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 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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[User Picture]From: redstapler
2013-04-29 03:04 pm (UTC)
Pretty much anytime I find a dress that has pockets, it's designated as an automatic purchase.

I also recently acquired a TXRG fanny pack, which is my new favorite thing.

If she'd been buried, my mother would be rolling over in her grave to know I'd started carrying a fannypack. (I gave her no end of grief for wearing hers well into the 2000s.)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-04-29 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm rolling over in my grave knowing that you have a fannypack, but since it's a roller derby fanny pack I imagine it is filled with bone splints and a trauma kit and you kind of need that.
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[User Picture]From: redstapler
2013-04-29 03:27 pm (UTC)
LOL!

Wallet, lipstick, beverage koozie, phone, asthma inhaler.

All the important essentials.
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[User Picture]From: whitegato
2013-04-29 03:47 pm (UTC)
fanny pack was my first thought though it doesnt address the larger issue. fabric horse here in philly has been working on them for years.
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From: elusis
2013-04-29 06:24 pm (UTC)
All of eShakti.com's dresses come with pockets. You can request they leave them off, but pockets are standard. You're welcome (sorry about your credit card though).
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[User Picture]From: redstapler
2013-04-29 06:33 pm (UTC)
I am totally in love with them, and I don't even own one of their dresses yet.
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