Why can women do it and not men?

United States
July 17, 2011 1:23pm CST
This discussion is about wearing hats in church. I didn't put this in religion because I don't want this discussion to get "churchy". I have noticed that women are encouraged to wear hats in some churches. But for males ...wearing a hat in church would be disrespectful. A man will be told to remove his head covering but a woman is encouraged to cover hers. Why does this happen? Your thoughts?
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@Galena (9124)
17 Jul 11
I've no idea. I would expect that it's something along the lines of being a man is great, and if you're a man you're just fine the way you are, but a woman is a shameful thing that needs to be covered up to be decent.
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17 Jul 11
For once, it isn't. Surprising - especially for old Mr. Reasonable, St. Paul...
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• United States
18 Jul 11
That's what I was thinking too Galena. I know what Paul says, but Paul just had an opinion.. it didn't come from the mouth of Jesus, so I don't think much of it. Everyone here has different ideas. One person said it is just because women like to look nice and it's part of their dress... well.. duh... when a hat blocks the view of the person or people behind her, I think a hat is a nuisance. A few months ago a woman wore a huge hat in church and I couldn't see the choir or the preacher.. all I could do is sit there and see her hat. I couldn't move because the church was full.. I felt like asking her to remove her roadblock of a hat.
• United States
17 Jul 11
I asked a parishioner one time years ago when I was a teenager as this was a curiosity of mine also and I was told that a man who prays wish his head covered and or with a hat dishonors his head. While women who prays with her head uncovered, no hat dishonors her head. Okay still to date I don't understand the reasoning, but will not myself wear a hat to church, even though it is allowed for women. In my church the only women I have seen do this are the elder ones.
• United States
17 Jul 11
I went over to yahoo answers and there are several explanations there. Whether correct or not, not sure but one of them said something similar to mine above. http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100227115128AAKNalB
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@Shlok369 (33)
• India
17 Jul 11
First reason why the headcovering should be worn. This is the issue of headship. Paul states that God is the Head of Christ, Christ is the Head of man and man is the head of woman. For this reason, it is proper for the women to cover their heads and for the men to have uncovered heads.
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• India
17 Jul 11
Man (males) represent the image and glory of God, while women represent the glory of man. Therefore, in a church meeting, the women's heads should be covered and the men's heads should be uncovered. In the church gatherings, it is not seemly for man's glory to be openly displayed, nor is it seemly for the glory of God to be hidden or covered. Because the Lord Himself is present in the meetings, there ought to be no proud display of man's glory, symbolised by the uncovered head of the woman.
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• United States
17 Jul 11
Wow! It sounds like women have no hard of their own. And they are at the lowest end of the chain of righteousness. I wonder if women should feel offended?
@bellis716 (4808)
• United States
19 Jul 11
The scripture is found in I Cor. 11:4-11. I'm not sure I completely understand. I'll have to study the passage some more, as we have no such custom today for women to berequired to cover their heads. It is the custom that a man should NOT cover his head, though. Maybe I'll ask my broither, the preacher, if he thinks it is OK for him to wear a headcovering during worship. If he says no, I'll suggest that he needs to take off his toupe.
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@toniganzon (35306)
• Philippines
18 Jul 11
Years ago, i heard from my grandmother that a woman's hair is her crowning glory as well as a temptation. A respectable woman should cover her hair and not let out in the open to tempt men. Much more in church where it's a place for holiness and prayer. But nowadays this doesn't seem to be applicable anymore and i don't know any other reason other than that one.
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@toniganzon (35306)
• Philippines
18 Jul 11
INdeed very archaic. That was what they used to believe.
@fenshu (56)
• Indonesia
18 Jul 11
maybe when woman have long hair and get wind blow their hair. it would annoying others. that my thought. :))
• United States
18 Jul 11
Unless the doors and windows are open her hair isn't going to be flying around. But your explanation is as good as any of these other ones. It's fun to see how people think.
@Hatley (148988)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Jul 11
Pointless Questions archaic ideas that men dishonor God in church with hat on and women should cover hair or dishonor god which to me is a bunch of hooey indeed.Here in California only really old staid women wear hats of any kind to church and of course the Muslim women who are forced to cover their hair and face in some of their churches. I am just a lowly protestant and have not worn a hat to church since I left South Dakota fifty years ago.i am trying not to be churchy but various religions have those archaic ideas about men and women and hats.I believe we honor God just by going to church not by wearing head covers.
• United States
17 Jul 11
I agree with you Mrs.Hatley. I think it is archaic also. I think it was Paul's opinion. Just like Paul said he would like everyone to be single lime he was BUT if the people couldn't contain themselses they should marry. So Paul gave his opinion there too. How many women have to take care of families and work while the man practices holding the couch down? Women are given such lowly status in the church. It goes beyond the church too. I love the church I go to because women are not discriminated against there. I used to go to a church where women were really put upon.
@stephcjh (32386)
• United States
20 Jul 11
I am not sure why that is. I wander if it is the same thing for a woman to wear a hat at a table to eat? I know men are to remove theirs.
@KrauseHome (31966)
• United States
18 Jul 11
Personally I think some of it might stem from being afraid of discrimination depending on what country a person is from. There are many countries out there that women are encouraged and told to wear a hat when they go out, and to not remove it in public. So churches have to abide by this standard to where it has never been a fact that men are made too unless they are Jewish.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
18 Jul 11
I don't really understand it myself, as I find it to be odd. I suppose men wear hats more then women, and men are encouraged to take their hat off when meeting a new person and shaking their hand, but for church? I don't see that it matters.
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
18 Jul 11
On women head is not hat but its called veil and this is required to women to wear inside the church even before. And hat for men inside the church is not allowed. I cannot explain why they are not allow men to wear veil also inside the church just the same? well lets just the women continue to wear veil its for them..
• United States
18 Jul 11
Today there are still religious sects adhere to age old traditions, head covering being one of them. Paul whether he admitted it or not was just as much a victim of local culture and tradition as any other person of his time, just as some of the people in the world today are. If one does the research it can be interesting to see how much local cultures and traditions got mixed into religious beliefs when it pertains to such things as dress, behavior and foods. Given that the time frame in history that most of these traditions came about, it's understandable how most of the 'hide yourself' traditions started, after all, it was a 'man's world'.