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  •  "Hoodie" is used to differentiate... (1+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga

    ...between a sweatshirt with a hood and a sweatshirt without a hood.  It is just a style thing.

    •  but when did they get the special name (1+ / 0-)
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      kishik

      and sinister reputation? i've been wearing them forever, but only in the past couple of years have i seen them get associated in the media with sinister youth skulduggery. i wonder if the demonization began in britain, i seem to remember some BS about youth and "hoodies" being portrayed as some sort of problem in malls and pubs and such.

      •  I don't know... (1+ / 0-)
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        hoods are very practical parts of a garment.  Keeps rain off, wind, keeps the head and especially back of neck warm....

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 06:24:04 AM PDT

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      •  hoodies 2 (1+ / 0-)
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        wu ming

        they were a jock item that, like the army coat in the 70's, were a kind of counter-culture statement in the 90s.  

        I believe there are also associations to the OJ Simpson trial/story.

        That's  when I remember 'hoodies'  becoming all the rage- mid 90's.

        “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

        by Terranova0 on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 08:46:55 AM PDT

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        •  counterculture? (1+ / 0-)
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          they were ubiquitous in the 80s and 90s, from jocks to skaters to hip hop kids to middle aged yuppie joggers. as mahakali said upthread, they were as counterculture as blue jeans or t-shirts or baseball hats.

          •  true yet (1+ / 0-)
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            wu ming

            that's how I saw it- you may view it differently.  Up until then they were largely associated with jocks and joggers and were 'main stream' as you say.

            Someone asked when/how they became 'sinister'. I point to the mid 90s OJ story as one source.

            “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

            by Terranova0 on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:57:03 AM PDT

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