I met a parent recently that could not allow her son to wear a hoodie. She said “hoodies for boys are a bad idea”. She felt they promoted a bad attitude and even worse, rebellion. “Only criminal types wear them” she said. I didn’t agree needless to say, because I had worn them for a long time and don’t consider myself to become a “criminal type.”
I did so however recently read a British news article in which a certain style of hoodie would be banned. It was a faceless hoodie, one which could be zipped up to completely cover the wearer’s face. It even had two transparent elliptical plastic eyes to check through! Security forces felt it had been sinister and allowed wearers to totally conceal their identity. I must admit it had been pretty wicked looking and reminded me of someone wearing a gas mask or perhaps a full-bodied hazmat suit. It was camo colored and I just knew the wearer had a concealed assault rifle somewhere!
This got me thinking about hoodies in general. After all, why are they frequently associated with criminal behavior now days. It didn’t was previously that way. Didn’t folks from all backgrounds just wear them to be casual and stay warm at the same time. When I was a kid we just called them sweat shirts with hoods and you also either wore a pullover or one that zipped up. I thought the pockets were what made them cool, one big one across the front you can lock your cold hands in. They even annoyed me sometimes when I’d lose the neck string inside the sweat shirt also it would take me hours to obtain it back!
I was thinking about all of the famous or notorious personalities through history who wore hoodies. There is medieval monks, they wore sort ‘a corny looking dark pullover with hoods. And through the same time the common European peasant wore a hoodie like coat or blanket, right? What about Robin Hood? There is Little Red Riding Hood. The Seven Dwarfs and Snow White herself. Needless to say so did the wicked queen when she was a witch. Actually a great deal of witches ware hoodies! What about Shrek… and Rocky? There is a couple or hero types that wore a hoodies (and a beanie in Rocky’s case). What I’m saying is just about every stereotype are available wearing a hoodie at some time and time. Even the Mexican Serape would have a hood onto it if Sombreros weren’t so cool!
The main point is that hoodies are for everyone even for boys, plus they don’t make anybody good or bad. We do that ourselves with or minus the hoodie. Hoodies can be designed with certain colors combinations or logos to identify the wearer with a particular lifestyle or group of people and maybe that’s were one needs to use a little discernment or good sense but after that I believe it just boils right down to they are comfortable, convenient and down right practical. So ultimately I will continue to wear my hoodie and hopefully it doesn’t upset anyone.