Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Why is it Disrespectful to Wear a Hat Indoors?


Why is it Disrespectful to Wear a Hat Indoors?
Multiple Responses:
From what I've come to understand, this comes from respect of a tradition. Removing of head coverings and saluting are tied to Medieval times where knights would lift their visors or outright remove their helms when presenting themselves to the king. This can be seen as a sign of trust, exposing a vital weak-point, giving the knight an identity, and preoccupying the knight's hand to prove he isn't carrying a weapon. For military personal, non-uniformed members are required by law to remove their head covering and hold it on their left shoulder over their heart.

In many religions, head coverings take on all sorts of significance depending on the group for all manner of reasons. These requirements range from removing all head coverings when presenting yourself to mandating certain attire during the waking hours for the sake of modesty, humility, or remembrance.

TL;DR: In general, head coverings are removed in respect to a tradition.

“Because people always try to find a way to conform a person. its not a big deal to me.”

“i think it's not so much of what's "disrespectful" than what doesn't conform to the respectful gestures...

in other words, wearing hat indoor is not downright disrespectful, but it's not tasteful, or in good taste, either

why? it's culture.. it's region..

people from different places have different ideas about which part of the body should be kept covered, which part should be exposed... e.g. keep private parts covered; do not shake hand with your glove on

i think it's ok to wear beanies, but not hats that cover your eyes.. there's an implication that you're trying to hide something”

“This goes back to christian religious traditions of many years ago.

At one time, people wore hats to a much greater extent than they do now, and it was considered polite for men to always wear a head covering (hat, beret or cap) outdoors.

However, when they entered a church, they were expected to 'uncover' their head, as a sign of respect for god.

Women, on the other hand, were required to keep their head covered in church, as a sign of respect. They were also expected to remove their head covering in the presence of any 'higher' person, such as a king, or lord.

These traditions had their origins in passages in the bible and the widespread interpretation of those passages at the time.

Gradually, the habit of men removing their head covering spread from being just when in the presence of god and higher persons, to a sign that the man considered the person to be worthy of esteem in removing their hat ~ for example, a man would take his hat of in the company of a woman to show respect.

Over time, it became generally acceptable and removing a head covering has now spread from men to women.

It's simply a changing fashion with its roots in very old traditions and beliefs.”

“Tradition has it that when a man wears his hat indoors, especially to the dining table, he is holding deep disrespect for the hostess.”

“For the same reason that scratching your rear end in public is. It is just one of those things that society expects you not to do.

I think the hat thing relates back to the time of helmets, by removing your helmet you displayed trust in your host, therefore keeping your helmet on means that you do not respect their intentions or integrity.”

In the United States and many other developed nations, it is rude to wear a hat indoors due to basic social etiquette. Hats are typically removed inside buildings, but they are also removed for Christian church events, weddings, funerals and other special occasions.

Hats were often worn for protection from the sun and industrial activities. Men generally "tipped" their hats, or temporarily removed them, in the presence of women as a sign of good manners and respect. This developed into removing one's hat when indoors as a sign of respect and trust. There were also valid safety reasons for wearing a hat most of the time when outdoors. While wearing hats often is not as common now, removing one's hat inside a home or building is still considered good etiquette.

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