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The outraged woman is using logic, but not tradition. Men remove their hats as a sign of respect, women don't.
I was at a football game this summer and I removed my hat during the anthem. The older man next to me said that women don't have to remove their hats. I replied that it was hardly a Sunday bonnet. I think that a woman wearing a decorative hat as part of a dressy outfit can leave it. Otherwise, it should come off. And I've also spent many years on the rodeo circuit and I've never seen a woman pin her cowboy hat to her head. They usually lose them when they're "coming home" on the barrel race. I think that etiquette should be updated to reflect the fact that women aren't usually wearing the dressy, pinned on hats. My baseball cap or cowboy hat comes off just as easily as my husband's.
I would say that if a woman is wearing a traditional woman's hat, she can keep it on, but if she's wearing a more traditionally man-like hat (baseball cap, cowboy hat) it should be removed, both during the anthem, and while inside or at a church service.
Quote from: blarg314 on February 04, 2013, 07:51:10 PMI would say that if a woman is wearing a traditional woman's hat, she can keep it on, but if she's wearing a more traditionally man-like hat (baseball cap, cowboy hat) it should be removed, both during the anthem, and while inside or at a church service.That was Miss Manner's opinion as well.
[A] person wearing a cowboy hat, along with a gray suit and lizard boots, in a city office building elevator, is not excused from removing his hat--no, not even if he is wearing the complete cowboy suit, with fringed jacket, jeans and spurs that he got for Christmas. However, a genuine cowboy, wearing cowboy clothes and going about his cowboy business, does wear his hat everywhere. In other words, it is not the had but the head that defines the man, oddly enough.
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