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Default School Fears “Cougars” Mascot Will Offend Women

And in our latest installment of political correctness run amok...

Really? Cougars are now offensive to women?

I am beginning to believe these schools are being absurd just to see the reactions on our faces.

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A Utah school district decided not to select a cougar as the mascot of a new high school partly because school officials and some parents believed the word is disrespectful to women.

Students in the Canyons School District named the cougar their top choice to become the mascot of the new Corner Canyon High School. The school is expected to open in 2013.

However, district officials overrode the student vote after complaints that that the word “cougar” is offensive and derogatory towards women.

“We heard from folks who were worried about the connotation of the word ‘cougar’ as it pertains to the current vernacular — in a derogatory manner,” Jennifer Toomer-Cook, a spokesperson for the school district told Fox News & Commentary.

In pop culture, the term “cougar” refers to a sexually aggressive middle-aged woman who attracts younger men.

However, the cougar is also a large mountain cat — that also happens to be the mascot for Brigham Young University — along with three other Utah high schools.

Toomer-Cook said that was the chief reason the district decided to override the students’ vote — even though it was the highest vote-getter out of more than 1,000 suggestions.

Instead, school officials decided to select the “Chargers” as the new mascot. Toomer-Cook said they wanted to have a unique mascot name.

“Instead of going to a place where people were seeing something potentially divisive, go to a mascot that could more easily unify,” she said. “No other Utah school has Chargers as its mascot. The board members were also saying this presents an image of strength and captures a little bit of the area’s culture.”

The controversy caught some local residents by surprise.

“To me, a mascot is usually an animal – I mean, I don’t know how to even respond to that,” local football coach Bill Cosper told the Salt Lake Tribune. “In all my years here, or in all of sports, that’s never been brought up.”
School Fears “Cougars” Mascot Will Offend Women | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes
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Dude, seriously? Most of the "cougars" I know wear that label like a badge of honor.
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It's a new word for... predatory, attractive middle-aged women, I guess, who date younger men.
It seems to me that it's mostly a self-applied label, not something that others would call a woman, but something she'd call herself. Possibly tongue-in-cheek.
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And in our latest installment of political correctness run amok...

Really? Cougars are now offensive to women?

I am beginning to believe these schools are being absurd just to see the reactions on our faces.



School Fears “Cougars” Mascot Will Offend Women | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes
I wonder what they'll do when they discover that a girls athletic progam as practiced in America, is deeply offensive to traditional Muslims? Or the word "south" may be offensive to certain Americans of African descent? Or that Mondays are offensive to cartoon cats?
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And in our latest installment of political correctness run amok...

Really? Cougars are now offensive to women?

I am beginning to believe these schools are being absurd just to see the reactions on our faces.



School Fears “Cougars” Mascot Will Offend Women | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes
So use Pumas or Mountain Lions. Same animal.

They had complaints, huh? One has to wonder from whom. I see uptight middle aged mothers in my crystal ball.
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And in our latest installment of political correctness run amok...

Really? Cougars are now offensive to women?

I am beginning to believe these schools are being absurd just to see the reactions on our faces.



School Fears “Cougars” Mascot Will Offend Women | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes
Did anyone see the comercial about cougars that ran a couple of years ago.
young adult man #1, in kitchen taking with friend, young adult man #2.

young adult man #1 sees a cell phone on the kitchen table, and yells into another part of the house, "Mom, you left youer cell phone in the kitchen!"
young adult man #2, rambling on about the hot, wild cougar he met last night at a bar, pulls out his cell phone and, dialing, announces he's going to call ther for a date right now.
The cell phone on the kitchen table beings to ring.
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So use Pumas or Mountain Lions. Same animal.

They had complaints, huh? One has to wonder from whom. I see uptight middle aged mothers in my crystal ball.
Nope... According to urban dictionary Pumas are just women who aren't old enough to be cougars yet and mountain lions are just like cougars except unattractive.
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So use Pumas or Mountain Lions. Same animal.

They had complaints, huh? One has to wonder from whom. I see uptight middle aged mothers in my crystal ball.
Pumas are sacred to some South American native tribes. It would be offensive to use them as a mascott.

Moutain Lion is a misnomer, and offesive to language purists, such as myself.
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Well, it is a new definition for "cougar", so the P-C kumbayas must not be shunned or chastised in any way. Keep up with the program, people.
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