It’s a question many a frustrated parent has wondered: why the hell don’t girls pants have actual friggin’ pockets? Heather Kaczynski, an author and the mother of a three-year-old girl, touched on this universal truth when she vented on Twitter about the lack of functional pockets on her daughter’s pants — and parents on Twitter joined her to share their annoyance.
“PLEASE PUT POCKETS ON GIRLS PANTS. omg. My 3yo is SO ANGRY when she doesn’t have pockets or the pockets are fake,” Kaczynski’s tweet read. “She has THINGS TO HOLD, like rocks and Power Rangers. She’s resorted to putting stuff down her shirt. come on. pockets for girls please.”
Some of the parents who responded to Kaczynski spoke of buying their daughters clothes made for boys, which often have functional pockets, and the unfair nature of the fashion industry when it comes to girls clothing in general. Others noted that the lack of pockets in women’s pants extends to adult workout clothes and mentioned how lack of pockets in girls clothes really hinders a child’s rock carrying efficiency.
Literally why I only buy my niece overalls from the “boys” section. She needs a place to keep twigs, apple slices, and her teddy bear’s secrets
— Maura Lee Bee (@mauraleebee) April 22, 2018
At 4, my kiddo had a pair of pants she always wore backwards because there were functional pockets in back and stupid sewn up nothings in front.
— Rebecca Donnelly (@_becca_donnelly) April 20, 2018
I resent that as a woman I am not expected to want pockets I think it really affects things like exercise. You still have keys, random receipts and free shit you have collected. How many women even want a handbag!?
— Shanine (@braintree_) April 21, 2018
Some parents took Kaczynski’s venting as a call to action and started talking about all the weird stuff that kids just seem to keep in their pockets— because kids are weird.
Before I became a dad I didn’t realize how much parenting involved rock inventory management. Pockets in kids clothes are non-negotiable.
— Dan Brown (@brownorama) April 21, 2018
I have to hold my 3 y.o. son's rocks until we get home.
And because I'm big on pockets (8 on my jacket, 5 on my pants, and I'm carrying a backpack for the 3y.o.) it takes time to find them again.
There are also half a dozen rocks and sticks sitting in the car trunk.
— Moaz Ahmad (@yyzMYA) April 22, 2018
The reason my 6 year old son's clothes are always heavier than I expect when I'm pick them up
Let’s not forget all the weird places they hide things when they don’t have pockets!
I was spoken to at little ones nursery once. They were concerned she'd been putting things in her kinckers toys etc. I asked her about it "it was my builders belt and they were my tools. I was being a builder like daddy." Legend
— Becca Daisy (@theRebeccadaisy) April 21, 2018
Kaczynski read their complaints and even recommended a handful of clothing retailers that make realistic clothes for girls.
— Heather Kaczynski (@HKaczynski) April 23, 2018
Though Kaczynski’s initial tweet seems to have been deleted, remarks from the scores of frustrated parents will live forever.