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 even worse, rebellion. “Only criminal types wear them” she said. I didn’t agree of course, because I had worn them for years and don’t consider myself to be a “criminal type.”
I did however recently read a British news article where 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 look 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 was camo colored and I just knew the wearer had a concealed assault rifle somewhere!
This got me thinking about hoodies in general. I mean, why are they so often 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 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 Juice Wrld Hoodie . 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 would lose the neck string inside the sweat shirt and it would take me hours to get 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 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 lot 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 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 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 identify the wearer with a certain lifestyle or group of people and maybe that is were one needs to use a little discernment or common sense but after that I think 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.