The hatpin menace : American women armed and fashionable, 1887-1920
- Kerry Segrave.
- Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 
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- Physical description
- v, 211 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Segrave, Kerry, 1944- author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-203) and index.
- Big hats
- Hatpin fashion
- The hatpin as an offensive weapon
- The hatpin as a defensive weapon
- Group use of the hatpin
- Accidental use of the hatpin
- The hatpin abroad
- Agitation, hysteria, crusades and legislation against the hatpin
- Chapter notes
Between 1887 and 1920, the humble hatpin went from an unremarkable item in every woman's wardrobe, to a fashion necessity, to a dangerous weapon that caused men to tremble in fear (it was said). Big hair and big hats of the era meant big hatpins, and their weaponized use sparked controversy. There were "good" uses of hatpins, such as fending off an attacker in the street. There were also "bad" uses, such as when a woman being arrested tried to stab a police officer. But seriously: All those protruding pins seemed to threaten men everywhere in the public sphere. Suddenly women were armed and dangerous on the streets. It did not sit well with the patriarchy, who responded with hysterical crusades and often ludicrous legislation aimed at curbing the hatpin and disarming American women.
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