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“It is a shame, wearing the kilt in a place like Hootananny adds to the whole character and atmosphere,” says Ramsay McGhee, the area manager of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association. But indeed the pub, in Inverness, Scotland, has given up, and employees now wear trousers. Because with kilts, “You get large groups of drinking women circling around when you are collecting glasses and asking whether you are ‘true Scotsman’,” says assistant manager Iain Howie, “and they find out for themselves” — by peeking, or reaching, underneath. It’s “pure sexism” says the Hootananny’s owner. “Can you imagine if I went into a restaurant and stuck my hand up a girl’s skirt? I would be taken to the police station and rightly so,” he says. “We fellows are very, very aware of sexism. I think the women need to catch up.” (RC/London Telegraph) ...The key word in “reverse sexism” is not “reverse”.
Original Publication Date: 02 August 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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