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Read Story Transcript. Scottish piper Willie Armstrong has a question for his female fans who think it's OK to peek, grope and snap photos under his kilt during performances: "How would you like it? But it still doesn't make it acceptable. It doesn't make it funny. Armstrong, who plays bagpipe in the Scottish rock band The Red Hot Chili Pipers, says he experiences harassment and assault on "a weekly basis," and he's tired of the double-standard society has about his experiences.
Armstrong said many people treat it like it's a joke. But he is very adamant that touching him under his kilt without his consent is sexual assault, plain and simple. And the photos people take, he says, are a clear violation of Scotland's law against "upskirting," the practice of snapping surreptitious photos under someone's dress or skirt. The reason I'm doing this is if I bring this to everybody's attention, then surely that should benefit both sexes, because it's not acceptable if it happens to a man and it's certainly not acceptable if it happens to a woman.
Over the course of his career, Armstrong says he's been touched, photographed and peppered with inappropriate questions about what he's wearing under his kilt. He says he's even had women "come on stage and crawl on their backs" to get a better look up his kilt. Performing at a real music venue with security staff offers some protection, he said.
But corporate gigs are a free-for-all. And I just think, oh, here we go," he said. And when that dreaded moment finally comes, it's on him to figure out how to deal with it in the moment. Stop playing the pipes and ruin the musical performance for the rest of the audience who seem to be enjoying it, so I can deal with this woman who thinks it's funny that she's got a hand up the back of my kilt or the front of my kilt?
Armstrong has had to make some changes to how he performs to protect himself, he said, including sporting a pair of bicycle shorts under his kilt. He's even considering leaving the kilt at home for good. The band used to wander down the aisles playing their instruments as part of their performances, he said, but he's had to give that up. Armstrong has been playing the bagpipe since he was 12, and says the bad behaviour started pretty much right away.
It's changed remarkably and I think for the better. But even then, if I was playing in a pipe band in an entertainment venue, then you would have women put their hand up your kilt," he said. There's a year-old boy playing his instrument and you think it's OK. If you wear a kilt, you just have to suck it up, and that's what happens. Still, Armstrong acknowledges there are ways in which his experience differs from that of women who face similar types of assault, harassment and upskirting while going about their day-to-day.
And I can see clearly why if it happened to a woman, she would be frightened and intimidated. It's a terrible thing to happen," he said. A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you. As It Happens Red Hot Chili Piper: A kilt is not an invitation for groping and upskirt photos Scottish piper Willie Armstrong has a question for his female fans who think it's OK to peek, grope and snap photos under his kilt during performances: "How would you like it?
Social Sharing. Read Story Transcript Scottish piper Willie Armstrong has a question for his female fans who think it's OK to peek, grope and snap photos under his kilt during performances: "How would you like it? She was told 'upskirting' was not a crime in England and Wales — so she made it one. Related Stories In wake of Kirkland allegations against MP, why don't male victims of sexual violence report? Halifax social worker calling for more help for male sexual assault victims Audio.Hot scottish women in kilts
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