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Mad Hatter: New Congresswoman Calls House Hat Ban ‘Sexist’

Posted on November 24 2010 9:00 am
Paul Cooper is a husband and father above all else. With a wife and 2 daughters he could use a dog, but sadly he only owns a cat – a female cat no less. Paul is also a pastor, blogger, and business owner. Find him on Twitter.
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Rep. Wilson wants more hats and more Obama policies - but mostly more hats!

What do you think should be the number one priority of the new Congress coming into office?  Most freshman congressmen and women will be looking to repeal Obamacare and stop tax hikes. But Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson’s first goal is to change House rules on wearing hats in the building. Why?  Because they’re sexist of course.

Wilson, a newly elected Democrat, has already set her sights on the likely next Speaker of the House John Boehner.  Before she fights him on taxes, health care, or abortion; she wants to convince him to let her wear her collection of over 300 vibrant and flashy hats. Her hat collection takes up a whole room in her house, and now she wants them to be seen in the House.

Wilson is a member of the Left, but before she fights for the little guy, she wants to fight for her own fashion rights.  And to argue against her makes you a sexist. She told the Miami Herald she still supports Nancy Pelosi as a strong feminist leader and then talked about the “sexist” hat rule she will ask Boehner to change. It’s a nice way of inferring Boehner is a sexist if he doesn’t give her her way.

It’s sexist.  It dates back to when men wore hats and we know that men don’t wear hats indoors, but women wear hats indoors. Hats are what I wear. People get excited when they see the hats. Once you get accustomed to it, it’s just me. Some people wear wigs, or high heel shoes or big earrings or pins. This is just me. – Wilson

Rep. Boehner has yet to address the pressing issue of one woman’s head fashion, but his office doesn’t believe he has the power to wave the rule.  A spokesman for the House Rules Committee told Politifact that it would probably take a full House vote to change the rule. That would be a good use of the people’s time and money. And why isn’t the feminist Pelosi handling it during the lame duck session?

It doesn’t appear Wilson will let the issue go either. She is laser focused on wearing her bold bonnets. In 2002, when newly elected to the Florida State Senate, another Senator had a problem with Wilson’s hats. Wilson made sure that no one pressed the issue. She was asked what she would have done if they had told her in Florida that she had to go hat-less and she responded, “File a lawsuit.”  The interviewer didn’t think she was kidding.

Personally I don’t care if the woman wears the hats. I don’t prefer show boating in Congress, but compared to Alan Grayson this lady is calm. However, wasting the governments time with this issue when there are so many problems is ridiculous.  And to call the hat rule sexist is delusional and despicable. I’ve long argued that to call things sexist, bigoted, or racist that aren’t will eventually make those words meaningless. And the last thing we need right now are more meaningless people in congress making meaningless claims while wasting meaningful time and the people’s meaningful money.


Paul Cooper is a husband and father above all else.  With a wife and 2 daughters he could use a dog, but sadly he only owns a cat – a female cat no less.  Paul is also a pastor, blogger, and business owner.  Find him on Twitter.

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