regards to the article “If the Pocket Fits, Stuff It” [Looking
Up, Nov. 16], I could not help but chuckle at the obvious
display of ignorance it encumbered. In it, Miriam Axel-Lute
complains about pants with fake pockets, manufacturers who
take away consumer choices, and the pant maker’s conspiracy
of stereotyping women’s looks. OK, OK, so maybe it was just
mindless babble but I have complete optimism and wish to show
the public that there are plenty of options out there.
Miriam is extremely enthralled at the fact that she can find
infant clothes with pockets. I can pretty much bet my life
that it would not take much to find women’s clothes with pockets.
After all, pockets have been a huge part of our clothing since
the first time a human pulled up a pair of Levi’s. Sure, there
are outfits with fake pockets and the women who prefer to
wear them have as much freedom to choose them as others do
to avoid them.
Some pants do not have any pockets, some have fake pockets,
but huge varieties have nice deep genuine pockets. People
who dislike pants pockets may be peeved by the white fabric
that sometimes makes its way to peek out or sick of sticking
a pen down in the pocket to push the fabric into place. Why
should the manufacturer be blamed for taking away the style
that these pocket pushers truly prefer?
The great thing about the world of fashion is the million
different brands and designs to choose from offering selection
to satisfy any preference. Someone who detests fake pockets
with the buttons and extra ridgey fabric is one person’s opinion
and has the freedom to not buy that design.
There really is a simple solution to Miriam’s problem that
does not involve upsetting the manufacturers. Simply reach
your hand into the pockets before buying to see if they are
real and, voila, problem solved. You try on the pants to see
if they fit why shouldn’t you check to see if the pockets
are real? You have as much of a choice to buy your size as
to buy pants with the sort of pocket you want.
Women choose their clothing for the sake of fashion and to
flaunt expensive designer brands. Yet there are plenty of
perfectly comfortable designs out there as long as one is
willing to choose comfort over brand names. There are a lot
of great alternatives available to women making Miriam’s complaints
truly irrelevant and simply childish.
The manufacturers have the freedom to make their clothes as
much as the consumers have the freedom to buy them. “There
was nothing about a pocket that forced one to fill it with
anything.” This is true yet there is nothing about the pants
in the first place that force a person to buy them. If one
wants comfort and real pockets, there are enough options out
there so stop complaining, stick your hand in the pocket,
and shop around. After all, we live in a country that bases
itself on free will.
the article about WRPI and the community [“Hear Today . .
. ” Nov. 2]: It is interesting but, I think, one-sided. I’m
sure the two people who were extensively quoted have genuine
complaints but for most of us, community members, we’re getting
along OK. I am only speaking for myself, but I know that the
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