Hoodies For Boys – Aren’t They A Good Idea?

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 wear them” she said. I didn’t agree needless to say, because I had worn them for a long time and don’t consider myself to be a “criminal type.”

I did however recently read a British news article in which 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 look through! Security forces felt it had been 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 was camo colored and I simply knew the wearer had a concealed assault rifle somewhere!

This got me considering hoodies in general. After all, why are they so often associated with criminal behavior nowadays. It didn’t was previously that way. Didn’t people from all backgrounds just wear them to be casual and stay warm concurrently. When I was a youngster 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 can lock your cold hands in. They even annoyed me sometimes when I’d lose the neck string in 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 is medieval monks, they wore sort ‘a corny looking dark pullover with hoods. And through the same time the common European peasant wore a hoodie like coat or blanket, right? What about Robin Hood? There is Little Red Riding Hood. check it out and Snow White herself. Of course so did the wicked queen when she was a witch. Actually 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’m saying is just about every stereotype are available 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, and 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 particular lifestyle or group and maybe that is 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 steadily to wear my hoodie and hopefully it doesn’t upset anyone.