Northwest Missourian Opinion

It’s 2019, and women’s clothing still has fake pockets. Nothing is worse than buying a new pair of jeans only to come home and see the pockets either aren’t real or are so small that anything larger than a penny would fall out.

Pockets are already hard to find. Having clothes with pockets is as rare as finding a commuter parking spot on campus. It’s time for women’s fashion to be addressed with the same standards as men’s clothing.

Buying baby clothes can be infuriating when I find the 6-month-old shorts have pockets, and the pants I’m wearing do not. My cousin — who just learned how to crawl — doesn’t have anything to put in his pockets. I need a place to put my phone and keys; babies should not have more pockets than a grown woman.

According to a BBC article, adding pockets to clothes on a mass scale wouldn’t cost extra. The resistance to giving women pockets isn’t about the cost but rather the way the clothing would look on women if it had pockets.

Designers worry having pockets on clothing would be unflattering to the woman’s figure. Because a woman, obviously, only dresses herself to draw attention to the shape of her body.

The fashion industry is predominantly run by men who focus on design rather than functionality, according to an article on The Atlantic. Female attire often lacks pockets just because men don’t think women look as good with them.

The magazine Glamour and the Council of Fashion Designers of America did a study called “The Glass Runway” to see why women don’t often work in leadership positions of the fashion industry even though most fashion majors are women.

The study found that only 14 percent of major brands for women’s clothing are directed by a female executive in 2015. Part of the reason was women were less encouraged to advance. Men moved to higher positions more easily, with 18 percent getting promoted without asking while only 5 percent of women did.

Due to the lack of pockets, many women carry purses or handbags. The purse serves the same purpose as a man’s pocket; it’s used to hold the woman’s belongings. Carrying a purse has become synonymous with being a woman, simply because we’re denied pockets.

I have to bring a separate bag to carry my phone, wallet and keys, while a man could keep that all on his person with room to spare. My uncle once slipped his entire Kindle Fire into one of his pockets. In my one pair of jeans with pockets, I can’t even walk without my phone falling out because it’s so shallow.

Women’s clothing has been fostering inequality for far too long. Women have been asking for pockets since the 19th century, according to a video by George Takei. Women get excited when they see pockets on their clothes, only to be disappointed when they discover the pockets were just sewn on for design and can’t hold anything.

All because the designer thinks the outfit would look bad if the pockets were real.

Purses can be a nice accessory at times, but it’s a hassle more often than not. It’s difficult to do things with a bag under my armpit or in my hand. Women shouldn’t have to look so hard to find pockets.

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