Canada at War: THE SERVICES: The Cut of the Kilt

Canadian Army women may skirl bagpipes—but not in kilts that show the knees. In Ottawa. National Defense Headquarters ruled that man-size kilts on a woman are a breach of Scottish tradition.

The trouble started because the bagpipers of the Canadian Women's Army Corps Pipe Band wanted to wear short kilts. Defense Headquarters cited authorities. The cut of a woman's kilt, it pointed out, must "for anatomical reasons" be different from a man's; it must be longer. The above-the-knee kilt for women was "a travesty of the male attire ... an affront to the Gael." The C.W.A.C. pipers would have to...

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