Aprons are supremely useful. They protect your clothes when cooking, baking or gardening. They offer pockets when you need a place to carry something (like eggs). And they give you a ready rag to wipe your hands on when dirty or wet.
When I was growing up in the early-1960's, aprons were popular -- but they fell out of favor a decade later when feminist activism began. Aprons were seen as a symbol of domestic servitude and shunned for what they represented. Which is a shame because they are merely pieces of cloth and useful ones at that. Projecting a lot of political baggage onto something like an apron is misplaced. We can work to change attitudes to increase respect for women without throwing away an item that actually helps women in practical life.
I haven't mentioned yet my favorite part of aprons -- their fashion. Aprons are colorful and fun. You can choose any print you like. Young women today are finding aprons adorably retro and choosing vintage and playful prints. You can pick one in any style you like, from plain and functional to frilly and feminine.
My friend Aimee made me an apron a few years ago which I wear all the time. I'm showing it to you below along with a few other samples of current aprons -- including a Tardis!
Do you own an apron?