I met a parent recently that would not allow her son to wear a hoodie. http://yoursite.com 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 of course, because I had worn them for a long time and don’t consider myself to become a “criminal type.”
I did 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 around completely cover the wearer’s face. It even had two transparent elliptical plastic eyes to look through! Security forces felt it was sinister and allowed wearers to completely conceal their identity. I must admit it had been pretty wicked looking and reminded me of someone wearing a gas mask or a full-bodied hazmat suit. It was camo colored and I just knew the wearer had a concealed assault rifle somewhere!
This got me considering hoodies in general. After all, why are they so often associated with criminal behavior nowadays. It didn’t was previously that way. Didn’t people 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 which zipped up. I thought the pockets were what made them cool, one big one over the front you can lock your cold hands in. They even annoyed me at times when I would lose the neck string in the sweat shirt also it would take me hours to get it back!
I was thinking about all of 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 common European peasant wore a hoodie like coat or blanket, right? Think 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. In fact plenty of witches ware hoodies! What about Shrek… and Rocky? Now there is 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 are available wearing a hoodie at some time and time. Even the Mexican Serape would have a hood on 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 designed with certain colors combinations or logos to identify the wearer with a certain lifestyle or group of people and maybe that’s were one needs to use a little discernment or common sense but after that I think it just boils right down to they’re comfortable, convenient and down right practical. So in the end I will continue steadily to wear my hoodie and hopefully it doesn’t upset anyone.