"[H]oodies are more defensive than offensive. They're a way to stay invisible in the street. In a dangerous environment the best thing to do is keep your head down, blend in. For some the hoodie represents all that's wrong about youth culture in Britain today. For me, adult society's response to the hoodie shows how far we are from finding the long-term answers to put things right."Long-term answers? Press-ups, dammit - and plenty of them. Just don't know where we are these days. There used to be all of these people who I never agreed with but at least you knew where they stood. Ultra-lefties were hostile to all forms of organised religion; Tories were pretty much hostile to all forms of human life - especially those under 45. Now both have gone all gooey in an orgy of empathy and it's not a little confusing. Next thing you know we'll have Al-Qaeda complaining about the stresses of maintaining a healthy life-jihad balance.
The hoodie thing I don't really get 'cos we don't have them in Scotland. Well we do - but hoodie-wearers are generally the goth types who are, like, so bummed-out at how inauthentic everything is and are generally only a danger to themselves. For instance, in my last school several students were either killed or injured in tragic eye-liner application incidents. There is simply no question of hugging any of these. Apart from anything else, one would risk being impaled on all their piercings.
So are the English variety altogether different? Would you 'hug a hoodie'? I'd be inclined to advise against it.