Head Coverings


“Why should anyone be frightened by a hat?”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
The Little Prince

The MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat seems to have become a symbol of hate from certain quarters. It brings forth that primal, visceral, animalistic scream, the red cape baiting the bull. Wear this hat and you will be punched, spat upon, drowned in the beverage of your choice, hit with a broom and vilified in the media. Our civilized world has a thin veneer and how quickly it descends into chaos.

A television personality, Alyssa Milano, with 3.5 million followers on Twitter, tweeted

” The Red Hat is now the White Hood “. ( Meaning it equates with being a Klansman)

I looked her profile up on Twitter, and wonder of wonders, she has political aspirations, and this is how she makes her introductory statement. Is this the state of American politics or a narcistic cry from a celebrity craving attention.

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“I dressed the way I did not because I was trying to be a nun, but because it felt good—and because it made me feel less vulnerable in general, like I wore a kind of armor every day. It was a personal preference.”
Tahereh Mafi,
A Very Large Expanse of Sea


A Hijab, a form of scarf, has become another controversial form of headwear. Western society proclaims that if women wear a Hijab, it’s because they are oppressed, downtrodden and virtual slaves . Although this may be true in some extreme Muslim countries, wearing a Hijab is a choice in Western societies and women should be allowed that choice. Look at the Hijab above and decide whether this is a veil of oppression.

The Hijab should not be confused with the Niqab, a veil that covers the face but leaves the area around the eyes clear, or the Burka which is a one piece veil that covers the face and body.

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The Missionaries of Charity is a Roman Catholic religious congregation established in 1950 by Mother Teresa, now known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. In 2012 it consisted of over 4,500 religious sisters. A member of the congregation must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and the fourth vow, to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor.”[ Today, the order consists of both contemplative and active branches in several countries.

The Missionaries of Charity have been accused of unsanitary medical practices in their treatment of the poor…….. So there was this woman, who went into the streets of Calcutta and noticed people dying, lying neglected in the streets, while people passed by. So she took them in and recruited other women to take care of these unwanted souls. Ask yourself what kind of sanitary conditions they encountered lying unwanted in the gutters of Calcutta. Though to be fair, there has been no criticisms of the Missionaries of Charities headwear. Yet.

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“Personally I would never want to be a member of any group where you either have to wear a hat, or you can’t wear a hat.””
George Carlin

Headwear has been part of men and women’s attire down the ages and has represented both social position and fashion choices. In England, some years ago, the bowler hat represented the professional business class, the flat cloth hat represented the working class and the top hat represented wealth and royalty. I remember, in my younger days, that it was a requirement for Catholic women to cover their heads in church. Many just carried a handkerchief and placed it on their heads upon entering church. The Easter bonnet was a wonderful tradition for many years and made attending church at Easter a very colourful event.

People have become so quick to take offense and leap to judgement over such simple items as a hat or veil. Leave it be.

10 thoughts on “Head Coverings

  1. *****On your article of the “hats” , my short comment is here. Only very ignorant or very hateful people express anger and hatred toWards the clothing that a person dons and or towards a person they do not know. Actually, only hateful people express hatred or violence towards human beings. A hat, is a hat, is a hat and anyway, it’s only a hat. Look towards the heart and the actions of the person. (words precede actions so listen carefully when necessary, always. ***** artfromperry

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