I met a parent recently that would 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 also worse, rebellion. “Only criminal types wear them” she said. I didn’t agree needless to say, because I had worn them for years 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 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 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 now days. It didn’t was previously that way. Didn’t folks from all backgrounds just put them on 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 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 at times when I would lose the neck string in the sweat shirt and 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 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? What 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. In fact 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’m saying is merely about every stereotype are available wearing a hoodie at some time 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 everyone even for boys, plus they don’t make anybody good or bad. Backwoods beanie do this ourselves with or without the hoodie. Hoodies can be designed with certain colors combinations or logos to recognize the wearer with a particular lifestyle or group of people and maybe that is were one needs to work with 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 to wear my hoodie and hopefully it doesn’t upset anyone.