I always feel a little uncomfortable complaining about the differences between men's and women's clothes. On the one hand, "fashion" or design esthetics not withstanding, the quality, cleanability, and practicalities tend to be much lower than comparable articles for men, and stich for stitch and seam for seam they prices tend to be higher. On the other hand it doesn't seem to be true that women lack agency in their purchasing decisions, nor probable that women's actual buying habits have no correlation with the products designers, manufacturers, and retailers make available.
But when I go shopping with my 11-year-old daughter, compared to what was available for my son three years ago when he was 11 (he's now 14), I... gotta chafe about it. A lot.
Case in point, both my kids have ipod-sized hand-me-down smart phones. These fit effortlessly into the front pockets of my son's jeans. The same size phone sticks out of my daughter's jeans pockets because for some incredibly baroque reason girl-jeans pockets are only about three inches deep.
Anyway, since I don't feel comfortable about carping about it stand-alone I'm really, really happy to endorse the following post by Suzanne Reisman , who says
Dear Women’s Athletic Apparel Manufacturers:
I appreciate that you understand that women should be active and earn your livings by producing clothing to enable us ladies to engage in physical fitness. However, what is wrong with you? Most of you seem to produce clothing for men and women, and of course, the men’s gear is a jillion times better.
First off, almost all shorts made for men have pockets. You seem to understand that men carry shit with them – like keys and ID and money and music machines and maybe even inhalers or tissues – when they run. Guess what? Women need those items too! Especially asthmatic ones! Those little “key pockets” are nice for a key, but otherwise they are fucking bullshit. I need to carry my inhaler with me, just in case. Where shall I put it in your pocketless shorts?
This brings us to the length of shorts. Men’s shorts come in a variety of lengths, from the short running kind to straight legs that extend to their knees. Women’s shorts, on the other hand, come in two sizes: short and even shorter.
Source: Cuss and Other Rants
I know, I know, the theory is that it's just a waste of time putting pockets in women's slacks because everyone knows All Ladies Carry Purses Anyway. Except, you know, when they run or do sports. So WTF is the deal with women's athletic shorts then?