The Pocket

I’m angry about the size of my pockets! Men’s clothing has them, whilst women’s are small, if having them at all. Christian Dior said men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration. An essentialist take on gender roles embodied in fashion - women’s dress is for admiration, men’s for utility!

Pockets, can therefore serve as shorthand for erroneous gender assumptions. Assumptions that extend into ideas about sex. Hegemonic beliefs around sexual instigators and gatekeepers, for example, underpin sexual offences. My research matters because it examines these assumptions, including the taken-for-granted pocket that scaffolds, however subtly, wider gender inequality.

Dr Clare Gunby Criminology

 

Clare Gunby 1065

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