Hoodies For Boys – Aren’t They ADVISABLE?
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 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 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 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 totally conceal their identity. I have to admit it had been 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 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 was previously that way. Didn’t people from all backgrounds just put them on to be casual and stay warm as well. 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 over 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 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 during the same time the common European peasant wore a hoodie like coat or blanket, right? Think 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. In fact plenty of witches ware hoodies! Think about Shrek… and Rocky? There is a couple or hero types that wore a hoodies (and a beanie in Rocky’s case). What Mac Miller Merch am saying is just about every stereotype can be found wearing a hoodie at some point 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 everybody even for boys, plus they don’t make anybody good or bad. We do that 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 good sense but after that I believe 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.