Female Storage, Fake Girl Pockets and How Purses Keep Us Docile
Girls have it hard when it comes to storage. Some of the writers here at Feminspire have resorted to sticking their stuff with “the funbags,” but I’d like to call for an immediate re-prioritization of feminism. How can we possibly be taken seriously as humans when we aren’t even given ample space to carry wallets, or even a normal-sized cell phone?
You may think I’m joking (and in part, I am—women need to be taken seriously no matter what they’re wearing or carrying), but this is a legitimate issue. When I buy jeans, which make up the bulk of what generally covers the lower half of my anatomy, I either have to buy a pair that is manufactured for a person with no hips and a lot of height (aka a MAN), or I get stuck with zero pocket space. It will not do!
The most concerning trend are those “jeggings” that don’t even come with pockets at all—just those sewn-on fake pockets! What, because I make the choice to show off my figure, suddenly I have no belongings that need a place to reside? I mean, really. Clothing companies should know better.
I used to shop online a lot, but the cruel fake-pocket trick has me spooked and now I shop in-person only—at least for jeans. One store that has (partly) figured their stuff out is PacSun. While their pockets are still what I’ll refer to as “girl-sized,” they did streamline their jeans to where they all have pockets, and none of their jeans have those sewn-on fake-outs any longer. A total step in the right direction!
I think the desire to keep women’s pockets either small or non-existent has to do with keeping women objectified and—forgive my use of a made-up word here—unempowered. As long as we are bodies whose primary function is to look good above being functional, the patriarchy is winning. Who knew pockets carried such social weight?
Now let’s switch gears to another issue that is predominantly feminine—purses. I feel I’m a pretty BAMF-y feminist. If I don’t feel like putting on my makeup, I don’t. I wear what I want. I walk where I want, when I want, and expect others to deal with their carnal desires in an appropriate manner. However, carrying a purse is one thing I feel socially obligated to do.
There are so many things that I feel obligated to carry, from a female-sized wallet (don’t get me started—they’re bigger than man-wallets and it’s horrible!) to lip gloss, a mirror, tampons, my schedule book, my birth control, etc. I know I could get by without these things, and honestly, I would prefer to do so. But I feel like people (especially other females) expect me to carry a purse, and so I carry a purse.
But here’s the tricky thing: purses keep you docile. They keep you from being wild, uncontained, and free to pursue and peruse whatever catches your interest. Think about it: if you’re at an amusement park with a purse, there’s more to worry about: if the roller coaster goes upside-down, what if all my things fall out? Or if you go to a park, you either have to leave your purse in the grass, or carry it with you as you frolic on the swings—neither options appeals to me.
The space issue is one that could easily be cleared up if our jeans were made with larger pockets. Like, really. If I could stuff my keys, phone, and a wallet (really, I’ll find a small one, we can strike a deal here!) in my jeans, I would be so much happier.
How do you feel about the female storage issue? Vent with us in the comments!
Written by Becky Havens