I met a parent recently that could not allow her son to wear a hoodie. She said “hoodies for boys certainly are a bad idea”. She felt they promoted a bad attitude and even worse, rebellion. “Only criminal types put them on” she said. I didn’t agree of course, 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 in which a certain style of hoodie was going to be banned. It was 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 was sinister and allowed wearers to completely conceal their identity. I must admit it was pretty wicked looking and reminded me of someone wearing a gas mask or a full-bodied hazmat suit. It had been camo colored and I just knew the wearer had a concealed assault rifle somewhere!
This got me considering hoodies in general. I mean, why are they so often associated with criminal behavior nowadays. 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 youngster we just called them sweat shirts with hoods and you 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 at times 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 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 during the same time the common European peasant wore a hoodie like coat or blanket, right? Think about Robin Hood? There was Little Red Riding Hood. The Seven Dwarfs and Snow White herself. Of course so did the wicked queen when she was a witch. Actually a great deal of witches ware hoodies! What about Shrek… and Rocky? Now there is really a couple or hero types that wore a hoodies (and a beanie in Rocky’s case). What I am saying is just about every stereotype can be found wearing a hoodie at some point 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 certain lifestyle or group and maybe that’s were one needs to use a little discernment or common sense but after that I believe it just boils 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 doesn’t upset anyone.