As a Scotsman myself, I feel the need to set the record straight on many of the disparaging comments made about the males of my nation on Felicia's blog
I am not deluded and realise that many of my kin can be both vulgar and stupid. And I would not presume to suggest that they are greatly dissimilar from any other male on the planet. However, what I can talk about is myself and the people I know personally here in the small country of Scotland.
To begin with, the kilt is an extremely warm and comfortable garment and can be worn without issue in most weathers except extreme heat. However, in Scotland, this is rarely an issue. The sky is grey with clouds almost all the time. Our national flag symbolizes one of the few moments when blue sky was seen. However, even though the kilt was designed to accommodate the weather in times gone by, it is now relegated to special occasions. I wore one myself last weekend at a wedding, for example, as did many others. Outside of such events, it is fairly rare to see a Scottish man wearing his kilt.
The second issue I feel I must address is the description of the Highlander as an essentially feral man who can do little but build muscles and procreate. If one actually looked at the amount we have sex
in Scotland, it is about the same as in America. Needless to say, we are not all 'getting some' all the time. But I dare say, if we did, we would be so thrilled that a woman had actually allowed us to share bodily contact that we would be extremely considerate lovers in hope that she might let us do it again.
But, at the end of the day, we are essentially an artistically and academically driven people. We take pride in the inventions we have given the world
and the various Scottish people who have made their mark
. We also have a free education system that takes us right through to the end of University should we prove to have the talent. For example, I am currently being paid by the government to continue my studies to PhD level and have never had to pay a thing for my education. This is perhaps more impressive when you see that many of our Universities are in the top 200 in the world
I hope people don't mind my little comment here. I take no offence at the post (in fact I was delighted by the humorous look at the Scots) and welcome anything that draws attention to my little country. But I thank you for reading my comment as well in the hope that it gives another point of view.