• Is wearing a kilt cross-dressing?

    Date: 05.20.09 | by Judge Tom.

    As part of an art project, Utah middle-school student Gavin McFarland wore a kilt to school.  The principal of Rocky Mountain Jr. High made the 14-year-old change his clothes.  He told Gavin that the outfit could be mistaken as cross-dressing.

    The school district recognized the kilt as an expression of Gavin’s Scottish heritage and not inappropriate.  They asked the principal to apologize to Gavin. [A kilt is traditional men's wear in Scotland for formal or special occasions.]

    Photo by Ianrob63 (Flickr)

    Regardless of tradition, should students be prohibited from cross-dressing?  If the school doesn’t require uniforms, what do you think about girls wearing pants and shirts rather than skirts and blouses?  Should boys be allowed to wear girls’ clothes if they choose?  How does Tinker apply to this issue?

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Jkid
      Wed, 20 May 2009 at 10:33

      Isn’t America a free country? Cross-dressing should be allowed, simply apply the dress code for the clothing, not for the gender. People should have much bigger things to worry about than men cross dressing, because women has been wearing pants for decades.

      Although the boys may have to wear long socks to cover the hairy legs, both genders should have the choice to wear whatever they want as long as they are worn properly.

    • Marshall Hughes
      Thu, 01 Oct 2009 at 05:09

      i would like to state that wearing a kilt is NOT cross dressing i should know becuse i am a dragqueen that works her ass off so please be sure to know your facts before you say that it is cross dressing
      a kilt is a male garment as opposed to a skirt that is meant for a woman and even aquarts those are for girls as well
      whare as a kilt is a trditional mens garment and to speek to cotrary is inappropreate and wrong

    • Cameron Garcia
      Fri, 27 Jul 2012 at 01:46

      Well should you tell Samoans males that wearing their traditional short skirt with a shirt/tie is also crossdressing, and they could be perceived as female? Or how about a Japanese politician, or the emperor wearing the traditional long robes, or would you tell the Chinese emperor in the 1900′s also the same thing?

      I think that before any judgement should have een made, the principal should have gone back to school and see just what is the traditional mode of dress. Dress and the wearing of traditional at some point in time could have been considered a insult, and a prelude to war…

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