Sometimes I wonder why plain wire coat hangers are so hard to find in retail stores like Target or Wal-Mart. You can find the plastic hangers and the wood hangers, and sometimes really thick metal hangers, but not the simple hangers that are made out of a plain old 16-or-so-gauge wire bent into a hanger shape.
You know, the kind that’s cheap, and doesn’t take up much space, and is tougher than plastic hangers and doesn’t break after you’ve hung a coat on it for six months.
Maybe someone at the top of the corporate world decided that selling wire hangers was too dangerous, because women would just use them for abortions?
One time I was looking for hangers in a store, and my brain thought up this elaborate corporate conspiracy, complete with pervasive surveillance and abortion-police keeping files on people:
“Warning, warning. Hanger alert. A woman in aisle P17 has asked an employee where the plain wire hangers are.”
“Commence surveillance on subject. Bring up her internet history, make note of any abortion-related searches.”
“Alert! Subject’s pharmacy records show she takes birth control pills. If she’s pregnant she would undoubtedly be seeking an abortion. Must bar her from all access to hangers. Intercept if she approaches a dry cleaning service.”
“Danger! Danger! She is buying 16-gauge wire from a hardware store!”
“Roger that. On my way, following her home.”
“Do you have a visual on the inside of her home? Repeat, do you have a visual?”
“Roger that. I have her on screen.”
“What is she doing with the wire?”
“She’s… making hangers out of it.”
“…Hmm. This is a devious one. We’ll need to keep extra close tabs on her.”
Seriously, though– plain wire hangers are great. Not only are they the most durable hangers you can get for the money, but they can be used for all sorts of clever household solutions– including this thing I came up with today, when I needed another over-the-door hanging hook and didn’t have time to go buy one:
(I agree they’re probably terrible for abortions, though.)