It’s 21st century, an era or technology and social media, and women’s clothing still have minuscule or fake pockets.
Just like men, women today are becoming self-dependent and gaining public attention for equality, but then why they do not get equal pockets as men?
Following are some of the reasons stated by designers:
Pockets = Gender Equality
Pockets equate to freedom, and historically women didn’t had that much of it.
Before the 17th century, everyone(even men) carried their smaller belongings in bags. Then, in the 17th century, men got pockets but no such luck for women. Women were forced to wear a small tied on pocket under their garments, which was basically useless because it was completely inaccessible!
This spurred a movement for more utilitarian clothing for women. Even it lead to the formation of The Rationalist Dress Society in 1891.
It came up with a mission to lobby against corsets and other restrictive clothing and push for more comfortable and utilitarian options for women. But it wasn’t until World war-II that women got pockets and that was only because they were working jobs previously done by men.
Once the war ended, women went back to being doting wives and mothers and yes, so went there pockets.
Pockets Ruin The Female Silhouette
Designer, Christian Dior cemented the sexism of pockets in 1954 by stating, “Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration.” almost 70 years down the line, and the arguments are still the same.
They argue how women’s pocket are just for decoration and they are valueless.
Some also state that they require much more stuff to carry, making it ruin their silhoutte.
Designing clothes with pockets add to cost, therefore make the stuff expensive. Adding of pocket requires an additional part of fiber and therefore money. It makes the apparel expensive and therefore tends to attract less demand. Designers prefer keeping it pocket-less to make it budget friendly and therefore attract more sales.
Sale of Hand bags
It is claimed that if women are given with pockets to keep their accessories, the demand for hand bags will ultimately reduce, affecting it’s sale. Hence, not giving women with options to carry their belongings, can help drive the sale for handbags.