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The Great Park Slope Hat Fight

I know you’re all sitting around today by the fire wondering what to do with yourselves. Here’s something: go back to 2006 and behold the Great Park Slope (Brooklyn) Hat Fight, an online throwdown of epic proportions among the most progressive mommies in the universe. It started like this on an online forum for Park Slope mothers:

Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 12:25:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Found: boy’s hat


Friday, at the corner of 11th street and 8th ave, adorable navy blue or maybe black fleece hat with triangles jutting out ofit of all different colors. Sorry did not post right away.

For older child.


And off they were! Here’s what came next:

Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 17:34:48 -0500
Subject: RE: Found: boy’s hat


I’m sorry, I know that you are just trying to be helpful, but what makes this a “boy’s hat”? Did you see the boy himself loose it? Or does the hat in question possess an unmistakable scent of testosterone?

It’s innocent little comments like this that I find the most hurtful…

What does this comment imply about the girl who chooses to wear just such a hat (or something like it)? Is she doing something wrong? Is there something wrong with her?


You really need to read the whole hathotic thing. All those costly degrees in women’s studies did not go to waste.

By the way, you see that Brangelina are endorsing the transgenderism of their eight year old daughter? Madonna must be so jealous.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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