The Injustice of Pockets

I wrote this essay for English, so it may seem a little formatted and/or repetitive. Also, the second paragraph is a bunch of stuff that I made up just so that I would have a paragraph that fit my teachers requirements (except for the quote that’s real). However, I don’t care enough to rewrite it for the one person who looks at my posts. (thx, btw). My main source was this article, if you are interested.

When shopping for clothes, there is one very important aspect to be taken into account. Pockets. Men don’t frequently think about pockets when deciding what items to select, as most of their clothes come with large, roomy pockets. Women, on the other hand, often don’t find pockets at all, pockets that are sewed shut, or pockets barely large enough to carry a hair clip. The size of women’s pockets is an important issue because of the unfairness of it all. Oftentimes women have to carry a purse simply to hold things such as their keys or wallet, while men simply put them in their pockets. In addition, there are the implications of it all. The lack of pockets in women’s clothing is an injustice in this world because it suggests that women have no need to carry things, and two solutions are bringing attention to this issue and to add pockets to leading brands of clothing.

The size of women’s pockets is a major injustice in this world because it restricts what a woman can carry on her person at any given time and because it implies that we do not need to carry items on our person. According to Jan Diehm and Amber Thomas on, “Pockets, unlike purses, are hidden, private spaces.” The reason women are often seen with purses, and the reason that purses are seen as “unmanly”, all comes back to pockets. If your pocket isn’t large enough to carry a phone, you start carrying it in a bag, then you add your keys, wallet, etcetera. In addition, it is easy to identify a purse as an area where a woman may carry her valuables, while pockets are rarely given a spare thought. “The size disparity really limits what items women can safely stow in her pockets” By decreasing the size of pockets, you are suggesting that women have no need for pockets, whether it be saying that we have nothing to carry, or that the fashion of the outfit is more important than the functionality.

Thankfully, there are some solutions to the problem of womens’ pockets; one is simply bringing attention to this issue. According to Shelby Rogers “The concept of women also having the same storage in their clothing as men has historically been inconsistent.” If you were to time travel to medieval times you would notice fanny pack-like pouches worn by both the men and women. However, as time progressed and an hourglass figure and slim silhouette became seen as ideal, these pouches became less common. At the same time pouches began to be sewn directly into men’s clothes, creating the pocket we know today. However, they were rarely included in women’s clothing, likely due to the large number of undergarments women used to wear. If women had begun to speak out earlier, the absence of pockets in our clothing would not be as prominent in our culture. “There hasn’t been anything remotely scientific about how common this frustrating occurrence is,” wrote Rogers. The randomity of this discrepancy is astounding. In the past this has simply been accepted, and alternatives such as purses have been used. All of the great revolutions in history have begun with the persecuted group of people speaking out, and while this may not be the American Revolution, it will start the same way. In order for any change to happen, we need to start to speak out.

Another solution to the problem of womens’ pockets, is to add larger pockets to leading brands of clothing. According to Diehm and Thomas, Mens straight Levi’s jeans are 10.2” deep at the deepest point, and 6.5” wide. However, the women’s jeans have pockets measure in at only 4.8” deep, and 5.9” wide.This is just one example of a popular brand of jeans having ridiculous differences between the size of their pockets. If well known brands such as Levi’s, Gap, and Wrangler begin to equalize the size of their pockets, other brands will follow suit in an effort to mimic popular products.“Women finally have statistical proof that their front pants pockets are made smaller,” claims Rogers. Now that we have confirmation numerous brands craft pants–especially jeans– with smaller pockets for women than for men, we can’t just sit on this information. We need to bring these examples to leading brands and convince them to change their product. Then we can sit back and watch the ripples spread. Once one area of the lake starts moving, the rest will follow.

The lack of pockets in women’s clothing is an injustice in this world; two solutions are bringing attention to this issue and to add pockets to leading brands of clothing. People should care about women’s pockets because we deserve the same as men. There is no logical reason for women’s pockets to be any smaller than men’s, and it needs to stop.

Andy Serkis Animal Farm

It has been quite a while since I graced this site with my glorious presence, due to the closure of my dreadful series of book reports written by my seventh grade self, who, I might add possessed embarrassingly revolting writing skills. However. I once again return to the thousands of people I’m sure follow this site. :-/. The topic that has suddenly spurred me to sit down at the keyboard at 8:36 p.m is one that I can confidently say irks me to think about to this very day. That is–the renowned, classic, and apparently fascinating, marvelous, breathtaking, stupefying, transcendent, stunning novel, Animal Farm, written by George Orwell.

I made my opinions on Animal Farm very clear on this site, (or perhaps not so clear, with my writing skills at the time) but in summary, I did not enjoy it. Thus it was to my great peril when my mother informed me that this horrific narrative would soon be brought to the screen in an animated format directed by Andy Serkis. I barely know of Andy Serkis, and in my mind he is only Ulysses Klaue and Gollum, but I feel sorry for any man directing a monstrosity such as this.

To be fair, it is entirely possible that Animal Farm could be greatly improved while being brought to the screen, and perhaps I judged it prematurely. It is true that much of my hatred for this story stems from it’s dull reading, and it is possible that a great deal of that dryness will be eradicated on the screen.

In conclusion, I was given the opportunity to rant about my burning fury of the only book I have ever truly hated, and you have just been subjugated to my angry tirade. I apologize for the inconvenience and wish you on your merry way.

Book Review #36 (The Red Umbrella)

Book: The Red Umbrella

Author: Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page Count: 284

Lucía Álvarez is fleeing Cuba with her brother, (because of the communist revolution) leaving her parents, schoolmates, and best friend behind. She doesn’t know when she’ll be back, only that it will be soon. And even that assurance is beginning to fade.

This book was very interesting and I learned a lot about what it was like for people living in Cuba, and people who escaped to the U.S. However, it didn’t have much of a storyline and was a little boring, which is not what I want from a novel such as this.

The end of the book seemed to be too perfect. It had too much of a Happily Ever After, without a full explanation as to how it got there. It also didn’t to give any hints whatsoever as to what might come next for the main characters.

If you like historical fiction books that teach more than entertain, you should read this book.

Book Review #35 (Romeo and Juliet)

Book: Romeo and Juliet

3-out-of-5-stars – Py Korry Romeo and Juliet (Simply Shakespeare) (9780764120855):  Shakespeare, William: Books

Author: William Shakespeare

Genre: Theatre

Page Count: ???

The only other Shakespeare I’ve read is The Tempest, and in comparison, I thought this read a lot smoother. I knew what was going on (most of the time) and the storyline was simply better.

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Although it was entertaining, people made a lot of stupid choices I don’t think they would ever make in real life. Not just the famous deaths (all of them), but many of the decisions that led there. One primary example is Friar Lawrence; He thought it was a good idea to have Juliet fake her death, and then try to tell Romeo the plan by mail instead of telling him in person. :/

In addition to reading Romeo and Juliet, I also watched two different renditions of the tale: Romeo+Juliet, and West Side Story. They were both very good, but I enjoyed West Side Story more. Another additional side-project was reading Romeo and/or Juliet, by Ryan North. This is a choose your own adventure book. The only thing that I’ve read by Ryan North is the Squirrel Girl Comics (awesome btw) so this was vastly different. It was a lot of fun.

Book Review #34 (The Green Glass Sea)

Book: The Green Glass Sea

Author: Ellen Klages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page Count: 324

Dewey Kerrigan is moving to where her father is working: Los Alamos, New Mexico. Suze Gordon lives with her mother and father in a temporary town in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Her parents are rarely home and her life is anything but normal. But when the two girls meet, the world turned upside down once again.

While the main character of this book was probably Dewey, I felt like it was just as much Suze’s book. It was really interesting to see the two girls sort of grow around one another like a spiral slowly growing closer.

This book was about the Manhattan Project, but it was really about the hidden city and the people who lived there, not the project itself. It was really interesting to learn about what life was like for them, especially from the perspectives of two children.

I really liked this book and you should read it!!!

Book Review #33 (Weedflower)

Book: Weedflower

Author: Cynthia Kadohata

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page Count: 273

Sumiko’s family make their living growing stock or “weedflowers”. But when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, she finds out that they won’t ever return to their farm, and her life will never be the same. They are shipped off to an internment camp in the middle of the desert, where she will make unexpected friends, enemies, and unforgettable memories.

As you can probably tell from the previous paragraph, this book is about WWII. I’ve never read a book about the internment camps before, and I think this one was a good start. The plot wasn’t too intense, leaving room for you to focus on the history, while not letting the story grow boring. The characters were intriguing and lifelike.

A heavy theme in this book was looking forwards and never giving up hope. It was very interesting to see how different characters reacted to the camps. Some really believed it was for their protection (or at least were trying to convince themselves), some got angry, some were sad, some adjusted quickly, and some never adjusted at all.

I would recommend this book.

Book Review #32 (The Tempest)

Book: The Tempest

Author: William Shakespeare

Genre: Theater

Page Count:

So. Shakespeare. If I were to sum this up in one word it would be: confusing. Which, I suppose, could describe most of Shakespeare’s work. It didn’t really seem to have an ending, though I may have missed it. (Not sure how that’s possible though). The ending seemed to be: The boat is fixed, Prospero forgave Antonio, and Miranda is in love with Ferdinand. It seemed to be fractured and incomplete.

Miranda’s love with Ferdinand also seems to be screwed. It seemed that (maybe?) it was actually the result of one of Prospero’s spell. Even if it wasn’t they just met and seem completely and utterly in love with each other.

The characters also seem prone to monologuing and explaining just what is happening around them in a very non-discreet way.

I found it was easier to understand while reading aloud, but I didn’t do that the entire time, so quite a few things slipped passed me. If I were to read it more carefully, I may have had more positive things to say about it.

Book Review #31 (Grenade)

Book: Grenade

Author: Alan Gratz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page Count: 228

Hideki is part of the Blood and Iron student corps. Rey is an US marine. Hideki is told to kill as many American soldiers as he can. Rey is on an enemy island, with ambushes everywhere. Neither of them know what might happen.

This book was about the Battle of Okinawa. I though it was very interesting to have two very similar perspectives of young soldiers, but with the crucial difference of which side of the battle they were on. One thing I noticed was that both of them believed that the other side were essentially monsters.

There were a few things that seemed unnecessary and could have been left out of the book, as they served no real purpose. One example of this was one of the flashbacks in which Hideki’s sister visits a family with him.

Overall, this book was good if you like slightly rambling stories about terrible things.