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 also 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 would be banned. It had been a faceless hoodie, one which could be zipped around 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 had been pretty wicked looking and reminded me of someone wearing a gas mask or perhaps a full-bodied hazmat suit. Astroworld Hoodie had been 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 used to be that way. Didn’t people from all backgrounds just wear them to be casual and stay warm simultaneously. 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 across 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 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 is 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 lots of witches ware hoodies! Think 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 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 on it if Sombreros weren’t so cool!
The point is that hoodies are for everybody even for boys, plus they don’t make anybody good or bad. We do this 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 and maybe that’s were one needs to work with 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 ultimately I will continue to wear my hoodie and hopefully it generally does not upset anyone.