My compadre's position was clear and had the benefit of being correct -- women's trousers don't have pockets because those people who design, manufacture, and sell women's clothing have decided, for their own reasons, that women don't need pockets. I suppose they are assuming that we don't need to carry money around? That we all have giant purses? Who knows.
The result is that women don't have pockets in their trousers or their shorts, and so we either have to carry giant purses everywhere we go; or we have to carry wallets and phones and keys in our hands everywhere we go; or we have to buy men's trousers (my solution).
ANYWAY. My compadre raised this pocket issue. Kind of off-hand. As one does.
The multitude of complaints you can find, online and elsewhere, in which women complain about the lack of pockets in their clothing? Pssh. You may ignore all that. Women can't possibly actually want pockets, or they would stop buying clothing without pockets.
(What's that you say? There are no trousers with pockets for them to otherwise buy? Except over there in the men's department? Which some certain portion of women do buy? Or really expensive clothing, which only really rich women can afford? I don't even know what point you could possibly be making here.)
What is my point? (And I do have one!)
This same economic model is currently being aimed at our universities.
Which is to say -- our universities are more and more being redesigned into model that works only for a certain sort of student.
Not necessary a bad or wrong student. Just one kind of student.
STEM classes (and only certain STEM classes as well -- pure science need not apply).
Technical and "business" writing.
Business degrees. Health science degrees.
Students who don't want this sort of education -- who want more from a university career than that -- well, when they come to the university, looking for an actual education, they will find they can only buy trousers without pockets.
What will they do, then, but buy trousers without pockets, since trousers without pockets will be the only trousers for sale?
Then what will happen? Then the university administrators and the legislators and the assessment committees will declare to us that, obviously, trousers without pockets were what these students wanted all along.
Because, look! They're signing up for those Trousers Without Pockets degrees!
Well, aren't they?