Now, I have always understood that traditionally speaking, men must remove their hats for the playing of the (American) national anthem, but that it’s actually more respectful for women to keep their hats on (as is done in some synagogues and churches).
However, recently I have noticed sports announcers actually saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, please remove your hats for the playing of the National Anthem,” and I have seen more and more women removing their hats. Moreover, I am female (and obviously so…it’s not likely that I would be mistaken for a man), but I have gotten some decidedly dirty looks for choosing to leave my hat on for the playing of the National Anthem.
So what gives? Is the perception true that more and more women are removing their hats? And what ought I to do about people who grumble darkly in the direction of my baseball cap? Is it all right if I conform to what I know to be the proper etiquette, or has the correct protocol changed to such a degree that I should be following that instead? Would it be too gauche to ignore announcers who insist that ladies and gentlemen should divest themselves of their hats, or is this more a case of “When in Rome…” ?
Dopers, what gives?