That consistency with the ancient Church is still there. What else are you expecting?
I should be more clear. I just meant that things that have been handed down for 2000 years don't seem like they should just be thrown so suddenly. If it is supposed to be some sort of concession to the modern world or to make converts more comfortable, I can assure you that no outsider will ever be appeased. Beardless clergy do not make the clerics more respectable to non-Orthodox. Doing away with head coverings will not make people outside of the church accept it more.
Just look at the way that the world feels about the Catholic church. Even after so very many "updates", no modern person really respects them or their views. Only wholesale conformity to whoever the critic is will win their respect. And even then they might just wind up criticizing your enthusiastic conformity to trends around you. Really I just don't see how appeasement of popular culture can take precedence over such a long standing tradition.
To stop sounding like an ultra-traditionalist for a minute, I thought that I would interject another view that I've come to about all of this (head coverings, et cetera).
A woman has constant pressure on her in modern American society to be thin, attractive, and beautiful. Many women spend a lot of their free time reading magazines that are entirely superficial and focused on their appearance. They are constantly sexualized. So if the church is truly supposed to be a sanctuary from the world, can't a woman be free from all of these concerns while she is there? I think that modest dress and head coverings might be able to provide that for a woman; an escape from the pressures they always face everywhere else. Forget about the damn makeup and the heels. Forget about your hair and your color coordination. Come to the liturgy and be free. Be bare and humble before God.
It also is a way to show love, consideration, and respect for the men attending the liturgy. If the women are modestly dressed, then they are not distracting the men from their worship of God by their beauty. One of my evening confessions in my prayer book reads something to the effect of "If I have seen the beauty of another, and been wounded thereby in my heart, forgive me." To remove or reduce a man's ability to be stolen by a woman's beauty is a rare retreat for the male mind in our hyper-sexual culture. Parts of the liturgy talk about laying down your earthly cares. The modesty and consideration of the women helps this for themselves because it can also do away with a "fashion competition" between the women. When getting dressed for liturgy they will not be concerned about whether or not their outfit will be as pretty as another woman's.
These are all just things that I have considered when thinking about head coverings. I hope that some of it seems insightful. If any of it seems thoughtless or chauvinistic, then please forgive me, an arrogant sinner. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the dignity of my Christian sisters.