I met a parent recently that would not allow her son to wear a hoodie. She said “hoodies for boys certainly are a bad idea”. She felt they promoted a negative attitude and even worse, rebellion. “Only criminal types put them on” 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 so however recently read a British news article in which a certain style of hoodie was going to be banned. It had been 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 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 considering hoodies in general. I mean, why are they frequently 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 concurrently. When I was a kid we just called them sweat shirts with hoods and you also 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 at times when I’d 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 is 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? 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 a lot of witches ware hoodies! Think 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 am saying is merely about every stereotype are available 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 main point is that hoodies are for everybody even for boys, and they don’t make anybody good or bad. We do that ourselves with or minus the hoodie. Bad Bunny Merch can be designed with certain colors combinations or logos to identify 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 right down to they are comfortable, convenient and down right practical. So ultimately I will continue to wear my hoodie and hopefully it doesn’t upset anyone.