Why is there very little utility to women’s clothing? Why don’t we get pockets which actually open? Why do we have to put up with the ‘false pockets’ that are frequently sewn onto women’s jackets and pants to give visual interest without ruining the ‘line’ of the garment? Why, when pockets are actually present, are they so rarely large, stable, or loose enough to accommodate a phone or a wallet? And why, given this is the case, do women go on to cop so much flack for carrying handbags around with them?
Oh wait. Is this one of those double standards which we feminists are always going on about; one of those innocuous little things which everybody just accepts because it is the norm?
Women carry handbags. It is known.
But why? I have watched my male friends get ready to go out. They slip their wallet into one pocket, their keys into another, their phone into a third pocket, and some of them even still have spare pockets large enough to carry a novel for the journey. Those of my friends who wear women’s clothes, though, face an entirely different situation. If they are wearing the right jeans or jacket, they may have up to two usable pockets (not at all guaranteed). However, in most cases they won’t have any pockets at all. Utility and style rarely meet in women’s fashion, so they grab a bag.
Contrary to all the jokes, most women don’t ‘have’ to leave the house with everything they pack in their day-to-day handbag. Most of the items in a woman’s everyday handbag are in there because, if she’s going to have to carry it anyway, she might as well make it worth her while. Excuse us for making use of the one useful item we find in our wardrobes."
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.
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.
don’t be too clingy
don’t be such a ‘girl’
be a woman
but be hairless like a child
don’t wear skimpy outfits
don’t be such a ‘slut’
but take it off when i ask
don’t assert yourself
don’t be such a ‘bitch’
be nice to me
but don’t be a fucking doormat
don’t be ignorant
don’t be such a ‘bimbo’
but don’t argue your opinion with me
don’t wear make-up ever
don’t be so ‘insecure’
but don’t complain if i don’t like it
I had this argument a few days ago. It was quite the success.
Someone came back and commented with a completely useless comment, so I just had to take the opportunity to take the moral low ground and sass them out.
Quitting when you’re on top is for people who don’t like to have fun.
Also, if I’m going to leave the other people un-anonymous, I’m staying that way too. It’s only fair. Half of you already know my last name anyway.
Wow, you are brilliant.
This is everything that’s right
in the world
at the same time
You say Korra got out of her non-bending situation too easily, that she didn’t work hard for the Avatar State? Funny thing is, I very distinctly remember that Aang got of tough situations using the exact same method. That’s just how the Avatar State is. Y’know how it is for women in the workplace? They have to go above and beyond men to be accepted as a good worker? I see that very same scenario playing out in this fandom. Korra worked hard for this guys. Tenzin’s not treating her any different because she’s female, let’s do the same.
Let’s face it, the Avatar series has a reputation for female characters that kick ass. Not even just in physical strength but with emotional strength as well. So why is it that we never see friendships develop between these awesome ladies? In A:TLA Katara and Toph bickered constantly, and I don’t remember seeing much with Suki’s interactions. Now Korra and Asami, who despite the
mako douchbaggery/weird relationship crap going on, would probably get on really well but instead they’re rather stagnant. I don’t like to complain about this, because I can’t find a series save for Avatar and Whedonverse where I’m genuinely happy about the portrayal of female characters but c’mon Bryan and Mike! Where’s the wholesome lady friendship?
After recently winning his best actor award for Doctor Who, Matt Smith casually mentioned to the press that he’d like to see a male assistant to the Doctor. Whilst a simple idea, I think it’s a bad one. I’m not suggesting Matt Smith is sexist by any stretch, but I…
At the end of series three, after having saved the world, Martha Jones leaves the TARDIS and returns to her life on earth. There are so many wonderful things about this scene.
Firstly, Martha chooses to leave. The Doctor making important choices for his companions, rather than letting them make decisions for themselves, is something which happens all to often in Doctor Who. Yet here we have Martha, making the decision to leave The Doctor, on her own terms. Not only that, but she also gives The Doctor a right, good telling off.
Throughout her time travelling in the TARDIS, The Doctor continually under appreciates her. He refuses to recognise her as his companion, undermines her, subjects her to racism, sexism and real hardship.
The Doctor also never really acknowledges how amazing she is, during the time they travel together. Martha is selfless, putting her life on the line to help others without a second thought. She saves The Doctor’s life several times. She single handedly saves the world, for heavens sake.
Martha knows that The Doctor hasn’t appreciated her and so she tells him. That moment when she says “I spent a lot of time with you thinking I was second best, but you know what? I am good” is so powerful.
That is why this will forever remain one of my favourite moments of television, ever.