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The Sexist History of Pockets

Your daily reminder to never accept a pocketless pant.

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There's a reason why the white pantsuit Hillary Clinton wore to accept the Democratic presidential nomination — a perfect choice, by the way, for its connection to the suffragette movement — didn't have pockets: womenswear designers have long omitted them.

From the 17th century onwards, the difference between men and women's clothing has been clear: men's are designed for utility; women's for beauty. The history of pockets isn't only sexist, it's political.

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