Posted on | April 11, 2012 | 3 Comments
The Economist magazine is taking a jab at another sort of inflation. Women’s pant sizes, while nominally the same, have actually been increasing in girth. The British new magazine estimates that an average size 14 pair of women’s pants “is now more than four inches wider at the waist than it was in the 1970s.”
Some fashion industry bloggers explain this away with such nonsense as “sizes evolve, just like people do,” or “we have to change our sizes based on average [people] sizes.” In other words, people are getting fatter, so the clothing sizes have to get fatter with them.
If a measurement instrument changes when the thing it measures changes, the resulting “measurement” is not a measurement at all.