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 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 become 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 was a faceless hoodie, one which 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 had been 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 perhaps a full-bodied hazmat suit. It had been camo colored and I simply knew the wearer had a concealed assault rifle somewhere!
This got me thinking about hoodies in general. After all, why are they so often associated with criminal behavior now days. It didn’t used to be that way. Didn’ xxxtentacion merch from all backgrounds just put them on to be casual and stay warm concurrently. When I was a youngster 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 over the front you can lock your cold hands in. They even annoyed me sometimes when I would lose the neck string inside the sweat shirt and 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 average European peasant wore a hoodie like coat or blanket, right? What about Robin Hood? There is Little Red Riding Hood. The Seven Dwarfs and Snow White herself. Of course so did the wicked queen when she was a witch. Actually lots 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 just about every stereotype are available wearing a hoodie at some time 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, 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 recognize the wearer with a particular lifestyle or group and maybe that’s were one needs to work with a little discernment or good sense but after that I believe it just boils right down to they’re comfortable, convenient and down right practical. So ultimately I will continue steadily to wear my hoodie and hopefully it doesn’t upset anyone.