Kara, “The Feminist and the Handbag” (via athenasaurus)
Oh lord, don’t get me started on this. This is a little thing that highlights a big equality problem between men and women. We need the same supplies as men to do the same job. When I stocked shelves it was impossible to find pants that would hold my wallet, my box knife, my badge, my keys, my gloves (I worked dairy/frozen) and my phone. I actually ended up not carrying my wallet or keys at all. Fuck if I’m carrying a purse *ever* but that certainly wouldn’t have helped on the job.
My husband? He holds all of that plus his insulin, packets of honey in case his blood sugar drops (or a vial of glucose tablets), glucometer, headphones, markers, and pencils. With plenty of room to spare. I’ve even seen him slip paperback books into empty pockets.
When we bought sweatpants together so we could start working out? I had zero pockets. He had four. Four. When we wanted some boots for added protection working around 1.5-ton pallets and slippery surfaces, he was able to go to the nearest store and buy steel-toed, non-shock, no-slip boots in his size, no problem. I had to look online to find mine. Because women don’t work dangerous jobs. I hate shopping for clothes in general, but when it has to be online it really sucks because you never know if they will actually fit or be decent quality. Especially because, guess what, women’s sizes are far less standardized than men’s.
I’m going to guess this is all some remnant from the “women should be in the kitchen, not out in the world doing practical things” days that has held over and made it harder for us to…you know, do practical things, even nowadays. If I ever end up working a job like that again, I’ll probably just buy men’s pants and hem them for my 5-foot-tall frame, because I deserve the same supplies for my job that men do. And no, I don’t care if the men’s jeans don’t highlight the curve of my ass superbly. Do they hold up under tough conditions? Do they carry what I need carried? Practicality and efficiency only in my wardrobe, please.
I remember watching I think it was Project Runway and the contestants had to design a new uniform for female postal workers. The one designer put utilitarian pockets on her design, and the judges yelled at her for it. They said something about it not being flattering, because you know, the key part of any uniform is not that it works for the job, but that it shows off your body in the best light possible.
SO SICK OF THIS. To add insult to injury of having to wear the women’s uniform at work, they’re just ridiculously impractical. Shallow pockets, ‘womanly curves’ which pull the shirt and pants in and out and odd angles that probably only fit a small percentage of women’s bodies, tight fit at the precise points where if you bend over it’s going to rip…
Bearing in mind my job requires me to climbs ladders and pick up heavy boxes and shit. Ugh. In what universe does this make sense?
And don’t even get me started on the impracticality of women’s shoes. We live in a world where the most practical shoes a woman can buy in high street chains is a pair of Converse.
I work in a grocery store. Our uniform is slacks, a grey button-down shirt, and a tie. I sympathize with everything here because god forbid I find a pair of sturdy women’s pants with both functional pockets AND belt loops. Not to mention, I wear men’s shirts because the women’s are cut super-short and come untucked every time you move. And I gave up on women’s shoes for work some time ago—I usually wear men’s Keens.
(Source: blonde-cyborg, via sunsetsarsaparilla)