Punk Catholic Thought of the Week VII
Well, they probably don't really have anything in common except for the fact that I wouldn't mind sporting either of them.
I actually do sport one of them on a regular basis . . . but I think that kills the connection even more.
Mantillas and mohawks could not be more different. Just try, moreover, to wear a mantilla over your mohawk; you'd have to tame the latter into some submission first. No matter how punk you are, you can't be in-your-face about your punkness when you're at Mass. What's really odd, therefore, is that the mantilla--or any sort of traditional head covering for women--can have a very in-your-face effect as well.
I've written about that before and don't really want to repeat myself now. For me, the fun of wearing a head covering (And why shouldn't it also be fun?) has nothing at all to do with politics, and everything to do with fashion. I like the way a veil can make an outfit.
It is for similar fashion related reasons that I'd get a mohawk--a soft, feathered hawk in my natural colour. I do think certain ways of styling it are very, if counter-intuitively, feminine. I wear a faux hawk as often as I can get away with it.
(There are some women with long hair who get it cut short--above the shoulders, I presume--for Lent. Since they take pride in their "crowning glory," the haircut makes a good mortification. Not quite willing to go all the way there, I asked my stylist to give me a perm instead. I had hoped--and therefore, feared--that it would be curly and hard to manage, but the soft waves he gave me turned out both beautiful and easy to take care of. I guess I wasn't clear enough about wanting something penitential. Next year, I'll go for a mohawk. All or nothing for Lent.)
A few months ago, I ran into my former nursery school teacher after Mass, and she asked me whether I'd like to have her grandmother's old mantillas. Of course I said yes--and some time later, I found myself digging through a whole suitcase full of old lace veils. (Windfall!)
I've wanted to write about them since then, but didn't know how to "punk" them up enough.
And then came something for the Writing Diary . . .
Just a few days ago, the woman behind the new blog Will You Mantilla with Me? asked me to contribute a guest post to her site. She said she would be very interested in a modified version of the post Mantillas on My Mind at my old blog, and I agreed that would be a good start. If I'm lucky, she'll let me write about the suitcase of veils as well. I'm brimming over with not-so-punky ideas . . .
Image Sources: a) Head of a Spanish Girl Wearing a Mantilla by John Frederick Lewis, b) Horse's Mane Mohawk