In name of gender equity, make a place for pockets

In Jennifer Graham’s op-ed (“A woman needs a handbag like a fish needs a fedora,” Aug. 26), she makes a compelling case for jettisoning handbags in the name of gender equity.

Whenever my wife asks, as we leave our home, “Do you have the keys?” my automatic reply is, “Am I wearing my pants?” My keys are always in my pocket — no fuss, no last-minute scramble to find them.


What Graham suggests is that women could have lost the bag as soon as trousers with pockets became fashionable. She misses the crucial point that dresses can have pockets, too.

James S. Berkman


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