I always get holes in my socks. I don’t think I have a single pair that doesn’t either have a hole in the toe or the heel.
I used think maybe there was just something wrong with my feet. Were they extra pokey or something? Were they sharp?
Well recently I was wearing a pair of socks that seemed like they might be able to stand their own against my feet.
They were men’s.
So when I went to the store to update my collection of holey socks, I decided it was time for a change, I went to the men’s section. And what do I find but rows and rows of amazing, strong, soft socks. I had never seen so many socks! Bags of socks!
I bought myself a pack of six, and went home happy. But then I started thinking, why were these socks so superior to the ones I had been wearing my whole life? They’re socks, you would think socks would be socks regardless of whether they were men’s or women’s.
But they’re not. Men’s socks, on top of being cheaper, are much better made.
And I realized, it’s not just the socks. Men’s clothes are better made too. They’re made out of better materials, stronger materials.
Why you might ask? I don’t know, but could it really be what I suspect? That by having poorly made clothes it forces women to keep on buying? Keep on shopping? Keep up with the latest fashions? Keep perpetuating that idea that all we as women care about is what we look like?
I don’t think that it is necessarily intentional, I don’t imagine there are people out there plotting to keep women oppressed by making cheap clothes. What I do know is that I don’t want to be a part of it.
I want to be taken seriously, and I want my clothes to be taken seriously as well.