Women's clothes are designed sans pockets! (to force you to buy handbags)

To discuss the politics of clothing, Eusebius McKaiser sat down with writer and author Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Sunday Times Lifestyle editor Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi and recording artist Sandiso Ngubane.

This historical and factual rationality was batted off, and again in quite a 'mansplainy' way.

In South Africa most fashion directors are women ... the reality of the industry is quite different from what you understand it to be. Women play a key role ... they still operate under the patriarchy.

The non-existence of pockets on women's clothing is sexist born in the 17th century.

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Pockets were for men, hidden little bags were for women stitched on the inside of clothes, and only accessible when they were basically nude.

Dawjee says pockets or the lack thereof are a political issue for women and adds, as a man, having pockets is not something you have to think about as all your clothes have pockets.

It's a marketing thing, It's an economical thing, its a capitalism thing. So the defence when I did speak to someone in the fashion industry was that women don't need pockets because they need handbags.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Writer and Author

And so, therefore, we don't need to stitch pockets into women's clothing because they need handbags and so, therefore, we don't need to stitch pockets into women's clothing because we won't sell handbags.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Writer and Author

Tsotetsi says as a woman you always have to look through your bag for whatever is inside.

Firstly if you don't carry a bag you are not seen as very feminine but then when you have your bag and your business card is not within reach, then you are not prepared.

Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi, Sunday Times Lifestyle editor

Listen below to the full interview on the politics of clothing...


This article first appeared on 702 : Women's clothes are designed sans pockets! (to force you to buy handbags)


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