Are Hoodies To Blame?

@wolfie34 (26877)
United Kingdom
January 16, 2007 3:10pm CST
A lof of youths now walk around in gangs wearing hoodies and the 'hoodie' has now got itself a bad name. What do you think of hoodies? Personally I love wearing them, but I only have the hood up if its really cold or it's raining. Do they deserve to be banned or is it down to who's wearing them?
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@misskatonic (3730)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Hoodies are warm, comfy and I love them. Especially in cold weather. Before hoodies it was bandannas, and before that it was certain types of sneakers... it all comes down to who's wearing them. Plenty of people not in gangs wear hoodies. Heck, we don't even have gangs where I live!
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
16 Jan 07
Thanks for your response.
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• Italy
17 Jan 07
i don't know the definition of Hoodie!
@korek222 (703)
• Poland
16 Jan 07
Actually if they get banned from using cuase they are used by gangs they will find another clothing they can use ;) Well i got nothing against hoodies ;) They even look quite nice when worn. But as you say gangs wear them - so isnt it bit dangerous to wear them now? you can be taken by another gang as an enemmy and maybe even assaulted !
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• United States
16 Jan 07
I do not think that any clothes should be banned. I like to wear hoodies and the only time I have the hood up is when it is cold or I am depressed and not wanting to look at anyone. They were outlawed in lock-up because people were doing "hits" with the hood up so that their face would not be seen. Have a great day!!
• United States
16 Jan 07
Not to mention that alot of gang-bangers use the one pant leg style so if we outlaw clothes because of gang members that would outlaw pants as well!
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Ummm...I don't want to outlaw pants. And I certainly don't think many other people would want to outlaw pants either. But if they do outlaw pants, I have a very sexy black silk skirt you could borrow! LOL It is a skirt that I am sure would make anyone's legs look good! LOL
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@ukchriss (2106)
17 Jan 07
If we start banning all clothes its going to be mighty chilly lol
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I think the "hoodie" should not be blamed! I love hoodies! When I was out just the other day helping to chip away the ice from the driveway, I had to tell my son to pull his hoodie up over his head because his hair was getting wet from the frozen rain and his ears were turning red. I don't think a clothing style should be banned because of the people that are wearing the hoods. I think if the finger is to be pointed, it should be pointed at the behavior. Because that behavior will be there with the hoodie or not.
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@stateroad (731)
• United States
17 Feb 07
This is so perfect that this discussion caught my eye. I was out shoveling snow and I had my hoodies on because it is cold and snowy. The neightbor said to me you look like a person from a gang. Now I am a small person and I do not look mean. ( at least I thought I did not). I was even smiling outside and helping the other neighbor with her snow. So I think to answer your question it has to be the hoodies because I do not think I look or act like a gang member.
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 07
Thanks for your response, you made me laugh!
@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
29 Jan 07
As a child I wore a hood, my children wear hoods and my grandchildren wear hoods. Whether on a jacket, a coat or a hoodie... why should one be banned without banning all hoods? Another thought, if they ban hoods should ski masks be worn instead? That should stop crime! NO, of I do not think that they should be banned. The hood has absolutely nothing to do with anything. My boys wear hoodies all the time, but it does not make them hoods! People will be what they will be no matter what they wear. Let them be warm and comfortable.
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 07
Thank you for your response, appreciated, good points raised.
@Sunset50 (1397)
• United States
24 Jan 07
hoodie - hooded sweatshirt
I like the hoodie and since it is not tight around the head, it can easily be flipped back when going inside. But I do understand why they can be a problem for the police when a crime is being created. So that leaves me with making a decision. Do I want the hooded person's image obscuring their face who is trying to hurt or rob someone? Do I feel a style I like is more important? I am not in an area with alot of crime so I don't see the hoodie as being a problem. In fact, the school here sells them with the school logo on them as a fundraiser. Sunglasses, pulled up jacket collars, or any type of hat can change the look of a person. I don't want those items to be banned either. But who do we blame? Is it the officials trying to protect a community who try to find a better way to identify a suspect or is it the business owner trying to protect their customers and workers? It seems to be a no win situation to me. I would abide by the rules but would still wear a hoodie if it was raining or cold and snowy when the situation called for extra protection from nature's elements. I see no reason to have the hood up when I am in a store though. Stores are usually warm, right?
@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 07
Thank you for your in-depth response, appreciated.
17 Jan 07
Why ban an article of clothes when it is the person wearing them? I wear sweat shirts and sweaters that have hoods. Course I only put the hood up in bad weather. Otherwise it just looks strange. Mini skirts weren't banned in the 60's so why should hoodies be banned now? Teach morals, values, manners, etc and don't waste the time worrying about clothes. Youths in gangs have no respect for themselves or for others. Its a lack or social graces not the type of clothes they wear.
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 07
Very true, thank you for your contribution to my discussion, appreciated.
• Philippines
17 Jan 07
it's not the hoodies, its those gang stupidheads who wears them. i love hoodies, i own a couple of em. and also, the peole who are fast at making stereotypes are to blame. if gang members start wearing thongs, i bet thongs will also get a bad reputation, if they manage to break the current reputation of thongs as sexy or gay. hahaha!
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@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 07
LOL! Yes indeedy. It's not the article of clothing its the person who wears it. Thanks for your response.
@patootie (3593)
16 Jan 07
I think wearing the hoodie hoods up has been banned in most of our local stores .. mainly so faces can be seen in the security cameras .. but also because there has been so many complaints about folks being 'scared' of the hoodie gangs. Which is all rather bizarre as we have hardly any problems here at all .. and very few that are started by kids wearing hoodies .. I don't wear hoodies and never have done because when you have long hair it seems rather pointless as the hair covers the hood .. and your hair doesn't hang nicely with a hood either ...
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@ukchriss (2106)
17 Jan 07
I never knew you had long hair toots?
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17 Jan 07
I think we live in a fear driven society, politicians no longer prove themselves to us by showing what good they can do in the world, but prove themselves by showing us how they can protect us from all the terrible things that threaten us. How many times on the news have you heard the comment "How scared should we be?" to me it seems to be asked daily. I think the attack on 'hoodies' is another one of these fear driven arguments that politicians use to prove their worth, it's another way of trying to convince us that they really are doing something. Just my sceptical 2 cents worth. (I think hoodies are great by the way.)
17 Jan 07
Yes, ban hoodies, all people who wear them must be truly evil. Sorry for the sarcasm, but it really is such a stupid idea trying to ban certain items of clothing, especially when they are so practical! I wear them myself but I don't somehow think I'm particularly threatening. Unless clothes manufacturers are forced to then they're not going to stop making them as they sell well!!! If anything I think it is a really bad idea for the very reasons banning them is suggested, I think at least if you see a group of young people wearing them if you feel threatened at all you'll try and and steer clear of them, it gives you a bit of warning! I'm not totally convinced that the problem is really the people who wear them, but, oh no, I was so determined I wasn't going to start whinging about everything trying to put the world to rights today...but anyway, I think if there was more investment in young people providing better education and activities then the whole issue surrounding it wouldn't be such a big issue. Ok, so you'll always get those you will go out and commit crimes and attack people etc, but I think it's a societal problem that to some extent at least uses 'hoodies' as a scapegoat.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I think when people wear hoodies it portrays an image of them to others who see them. No matter what people would like to believe they think, if they see a young man walking down the street at night in a black hoodie with the hood up they see potential trouble. I love wearing hoodies. I love them even better with the hood up! However, I usually don't wear them out in public because I think it gives off a negative vibe that is probably undeserved, but exists nonetheless. They certainly shouldn't be banned. I believe some schools don't allow the hoods to be up, or possibly even to wear them at all, but I think that's very extreme and sort of silly. Obviously they can't be banned all together, as that's not legal.
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@fujin1985 (684)
• Philippines
17 Jan 07
hoodies aren't to be blamed. it's just that young people see it cool to wear hoodies, and that hip-hoppers made this as a fashion trend. i see no reason why hoodies should be banned because it's only clothing.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
No way. The hood itself does not make a person violent. It's the brain under that hood that causes problems. Hoodies stay. Violence goes.
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@myrith (1830)
• Canada
17 Jan 07
Absolutely not they should't be banned
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@ukchriss (2106)
17 Jan 07
I dont wear them myself, but I used to years ago. Britains largest shopping centre, Bluewater banned hoodies and baseball caps way back in May 2005! This was done to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and because it was said that people where intimidated by those wearing chav clothing(hoodies and baseball caps) - (are they chav clothing?) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/4534903.stm This seems a bit ridiculous to me, its just a superficial measure thats not done anything to reduce violent crime. Its not the hoodies that are the problem, but the people inside them.
@mom2boys (334)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I love hoodies too, I do not think they should be banned, I think it is down to who is wearing them!
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• United States
16 Jan 07
It's just clothes. It's who is wearing them, and the image they are projecting. Go ahead and wear them if they keep you warm. They should not be banned.
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@cherhost (1073)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Same here! I love hoodies! It is one of those articles of clothing that I need. I do not know why people are making them seem more then what they are but it happens with about everything now. Pretty soon we will just all have to walk around with nothing on so that people will not think any differently!
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