It’s somewhat surprising but it’s practically two years since I last wore the kilt properly and yet I’m still getting asked if I’m going to wear it again now any again.
The most recent event where I was asked about it (all were women) was at the University of Oxford ICTF Conference. This is an annual event currently held at the Kassam Stadium where the majority of the University’s IT staff go and “network”.
The continued interest in the kilt wearing made me think that I needed to once and for all do a poll and find out what people really thought about this subject. To this end I used an “app” on Facebook to create one and invited all those on Facebook and a few other friends to take it.
Even though the turn-out was only 10% of those asked, i.e. 21 people, the results surprisingly mirrored response I found during the time I wore the kilt:
|Do you feel that wearing a kilt is inappropriate in a modern social context?||Yes||2 votes||10%|
|If you saw me wearing a kilt, such as that shown in my Facebook photos page, what would your thoughts be?||“Oh, he looks good in that.”||14 votes||67%|
|“Oh dear! What *is* he thinking?!”||1 vote||5%|
|“Where are we going for lunch?”||6 votes||29%|
|In future, would you like to see me wearing a kilt?||Yes, I rather like the idea.||5 votes||24%|
|Yes, but only on special occasions.||4 votes||19%|
|Yes, but not in a work environment.||1 vote||5%|
|I’m not bothered either way.||9 votes||43%|
|Not really, but it’s your choice.||1 vote||5%|
|No. I think it would be a bad idea.||1 vote||5%|
One thing which made me wonder is that the number of people who believed that it was inappropriate to wear a kilt in a modern social context was larger than the number who thought it would be a bad idea to wear it.
Anyway, I can now point to this poll as the reason I don’t go around wearing a kilt all the time.