I met a parent recently that would not allow her son to wear a hoodie. She said “hoodies for boys certainly are a bad idea”. She felt they promoted a negative attitude and also 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 be a “criminal type.”
I did so however recently read a British news article where a certain style of hoodie was going to be banned. It had been a faceless hoodie, one that 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 completely conceal their identity. I have to admit it was pretty wicked looking and reminded me of someone wearing a gas mask or a full-bodied hazmat suit. It was camo colored and I simply knew the wearer had a concealed assault rifle somewhere!
This got me thinking about hoodies in general. I mean, why are they so often associated with criminal behavior now days. It didn’t used to be that way. Didn’t people from all backgrounds just wear them to be casual and stay warm concurrently. When I was a youngster we just called them sweat shirts with hoods and you also either wore a pullover or one which zipped up. I thought the pockets were what made them cool, one big one over the front you could lock your cold hands in. They even annoyed me sometimes when I’d lose the neck string in the sweat shirt also it would take me hours to obtain it back!
I was thinking about all the famous or notorious personalities through history who wore hoodies. There was medieval monks, they wore sort ‘a corny looking dark pullover with hoods. And through the same time the average European peasant wore a hoodie like coat or blanket, right? Think about Robin Hood? There was Bad Bunny Merch . The Seven Dwarfs and Snow White herself. Needless to say so did the wicked queen when she was a witch. Actually lots of witches ware hoodies! What about Shrek… and Rocky? There is really a couple or hero types that wore a hoodies (and a beanie in Rocky’s case). What I’m saying is merely about every stereotype can be found wearing a hoodie at some point and time. Even the Mexican Serape could have a hood onto it if Sombreros weren’t so cool!
The main point is that hoodies are for everybody even for boys, and they don’t make anybody good or bad. We do that ourselves with or without the hoodie. Hoodies can be made with certain colors combinations or logos to recognize the wearer with a certain lifestyle or group of people and maybe that is were one needs to use a little discernment or common sense but after that I think it just boils right down to they are comfortable, convenient and down right practical. So in the end I will continue steadily to wear my hoodie and hopefully it generally does not upset anyone.