Pockets. They’re designed to keep useful tools close by. Against the body. Like an appendage. So that when you need to jot something down. Remember a task. Fix something. Hold something for later. You don’t have to scramble around like a basket case trying to find it.
Or rely on someone else for help.
In short: they help you be better at being you.
Up until the French revolution women had large pockets tucked under their voluminous skirts that were large enough to hold books, mending materials, writing devices, and even lunch.
But as fashion became more streamlined, women’s pockets moved off the body and into handbags.
More distant. Easier to misplace. Or have stolen. Making essential tools harder to find and more difficult to access in need.
“Pockets speak to this question of preparedness, and your ability to move in public and to be confident. It’s really difficult to get around if you don’t have what you need, and it’s about, I think it’s about mobility and movement in public,” says Hannah Carlson, a lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design who was interviewed about the politics of pockets in the awesome podcast, Articles of Interest.
So what do pockets have do you with you?