The question, from reader Craig:
“In your experience, does ‘pink hat syndrome’ actually exist, which is to say, a woman wearing a pink hat for her team is far more likely to be a bandwagon fan and far less likely to have a depth of knowledge in the realm of sport?”
Each Lady… had a 111-word limit, so here we go!
Lady Andrea has a pink hat:
I try not to judge women who wear the pink/purple gear. My Cards hat is pink (though it was a gift from my Grandpa). I have friends who know their stuff and just choose to wear pink because they like pink. I also know women who wear the real colors and don’t know jack. Overall, as long as there is women’s gear available in regular team colors (so that my choice isn’t pink bedazzled crap OR a man’s shirt that fits me like a tent) and it comes in sizes other than 0 for us busty gals, I don’t have a problem with the girls who like pink.
Misstress Christina exceeds the word limit:
I think it really depends on the girl, but I’m inclined to say that a pink hat wearing girl IS a bandwagon fan. What’s wrong with “her” team’s ACTUAL colors? Most teams have several variation jerseys or hats that are white based with the other colors on it (in case wearing too much black or navy blue is a bit too manly or some shit), what’s the need to girly it up with a totally unrelated color just to prove to the masses that you are indeed female? Note to said girls: The boobs are usually the first give away. I think that Carolina Blue is one of the most beautiful colors, partly because of how cool it is to be in a crowd of people wearing the same color as you and cheering on the same team. How am I supposed to be part of the family if I look like cotton fricking candy? How are the other fans supposed to recognize me as their own kind? Read the tiny emblem etched on the hat?
I’m not going to pass judgment on these girls overall knowledge of the sport though. Maybe she knows a ton about football or baseball but just doesn’t follow a specific team, so she bandwagon jumped and bought the cute pink hat to wear to the game so she would fit in. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t know about the sport in general. However, I hate pink and they should not be allowed to sell any pink gear at sporting events unless the teams colors are indeed pink. Or its for breast cancer awareness, because helping people is cool.
Chitown Chick follows the rules:
It’s absolutely true. Listen, I love pink and own A LOT of it. However, my team’s colors are my team’s colors, good or bad. Just because I look nice in pink, green or electric blue does not mean that they are suddenly the colors of the Bears, Cubs or Mizzou. Ya dance with the colors that brung ya!
Metschick tries not to judge:
Pink hats? The bane of my sports existence. I see one and I automatically think less of the wearer.
But, lately, I’ve been thinking about that. Mostly because I now have a picture that shows me wearing a pink hat. It was part of the Mother’s Day Giveaway this year at Shea, and right after I received the hat, Mr. Met was walking around, taking pics with the fans. Of course I needed one.
Therefore, I am now making a conscious effort to not automatically reject any sports fan rocking the pink hat. Sure, it’s a stereotype that women flove pink. But “the fan who wears a pink hat is an ignorant sports fan” is one as well.
SA sees the pink-hat beast feeding itself:
I hate pink sports apparel. Hate hate hate. But just because a fan is wearing it doesn’t mean she’s a bandwagon fan. Just means she likes the pink Red Sox hat or the pink USC shirt. HOWEVA, I think guys are far more likely to buy pink sporting apparel for their girlfriends who aren’t necessarily sports fan which just adds to the stereotype.
The Dame of Extra Time isn’t Heidi Montag (for which we are glad):
I don’t know if I can really give an informed opinion on the issue as I don’t know anyone, nor have I ever spoken to anyone, who wears pink/really girly sports attire. But when I see someone like Heidi Montag turn up to a Dodgers’ game in a cutesy pink outfit, I can’t help but assume things. The whole idea of lady-centric sports attire confuses me. What’s the point. Still, it’d probably be unwise to look at a girl and immediately write her off because she, you know, happens to own a pink Leafs jersey or something. Not everyone’s Heidi.
Miss Minda judges, but probably shouldn’t:
I often get annoyed when people don’t think I can know about baseball because my work uniform (at a ballpark) is a hot-pink tank top. But whenever I see other women wearing pink team apparel, I do catch myself judging, assuming that woman is giving real sports fans a bad name. I’m glad Craig posed this question so I could mentally slap myself for falling into that trap; I will do better now!
La M Alana wants to throw rocks sometimes (don’t we all?)
I don’t think a pink hat immediately indicates anything is automatically true about its wearer – after all, as the other Ladies have said, a pink team hat, or other clothing of its type, could be a present from a significant other or relative that doesn’t know any better. However, to me it indicates that certain things are more likely to be true. She’s more likely to be a dilettante, of sorts, dabbling in being a fan, perhaps going to games in order to impress men with her fun fearless femaleness and willingness to embrace their silly manly pastimes. Part of me doesn’t want to judge such young ladies; the other part of me wants to throw rocks at them. After all, much as I hate tokenism, I hate people who makes tokens of themselves – being a female sports fan isn’t so much of a rarity that one must mark one’s self out, with special colors and cute outifts!, as a super-special possesor of two X-chromosomes (and little apparent intelligence). Team sports are about conformity community, girl. Fit in.
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