scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: hats and women
Wed Nov 03 1999 - 21:23:15 CST
Brings up a good question: Why is it OK for Women to keep a hat on, when Me
must remove? Hummmm!!! If removing a hat is all about respect, shouldn't we
all be respectful!
Well, if you must know, it goes back to ancient days when women were
considered "unworthy/unclean vessels" and had to be covered in the presence
of a male God. It had nothing to do with respect from the womens' side. Many
religions still mandate head coverings for women; some, like extremely
Orthodox Jews, wear wigs because only their husbands are allowed to see their
real hair. We are all familiar with the burkha which even today covers women
from head to toe. Look at some medieval art and see how many women are
portrayed with uncovered heads. Other renditions indicate women without hats
or haircoverings to be "loose." Nurses' caps, though falling out of fashion
today, descend from the veils of the nursing "sisters," nuns, even though
Florence Nightingale was most assertively secular (and in part had her nurses
wear hats to counteract the popular notion that nurses were on par with
streetwalkers). It is still more or less traditional that a Catholic woman
wear a headcovering when she enters a church, although this, too, is passing.
Hats for women in this culture are a quaint remnant of all this cultural
heritage... and that is why women are not required to remove hats indoors, at
the playing of the National anthem, or in church as do men.
Aren't you glad you asked? <G>
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
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