By Ryan Ghisetti
Socks: one size fits most, but activism fits ALL.
The teenage years seem to be all about civil disobedience, talking back to your parents, staying out late, and speeding around the parking lot. But one small act has people HUFfing and puffing.
Huf clothing: you might not know them by name, but these cheeky, brightly colored socks feature the recognizable iconography of marijuana leaves. When seen walking down the hall, heads of students are turned to the sight the these socks, which have us begging to ask the question: are they a stance towards the government’s intolerance for the substance, or a way to tell the public you personally enjoy the herb?
Trends have become a cliché to discuss. Oddly enough bare midriffs and short skirts seem to be more regulated in the high school than Huf socks. But on the rare occasion when students are asked to change out of them, they become speechless. This could be due to a loss of words or a mouth full of food to satisfy their cravings, but none the less they’re disgruntled. The common argument is that someone wearing a shirt with, say, a redwood tree or sunflower wouldn’t be asked to change, but marijuana (a natural growing plant, also) is taboo.
Students are highly opinionated on this issue. Take Skyler Trout, whom can frequently be seen with the horticultural socks in the hallways. “I understand why[teachers] have an issue [with them], but kids should be able to wear what they want. Also, I’m not saying I’m smoking weed when I wear them. They are just really comfortable, you know,” Trout said. Opposing opinions have come out against Mr. Trout; for instance, take senior Maya O’Brien. This boisterous, anti-weed activist is quite irked by the trend. “When I’m forced to see them [Huf socks] around the school or town I feel like the marijuana culture is forced upon me. If you really smoke weed you don’t need to tell everyone through a pair of socks. I’ve seen people fall under the effects of this dangerous drug and don’t want to see this happen to anyone else.”
Are these socks just a trend or a catalyst for the real issue at hand: the legalization of marijuana? In a recent study conducted by Gallup concluded that in 2013 58% of the American population was in favor of the legalization. This number of supporters increased in 10% from 2012’s 48%. All students interviewed that frequent wearing Huf socks all agreed with the legalization, but, oddly enough, each one also stated that when wearing the socks it was for the joy of the graphic, appeal of look, and the comfort of the socks. If these socks are so comfortable and take such a strong stance, why don’t we all have them?
In the air lingers a smell…rebellion or something else?