In general the most uproar over school mascots has been in reference to American Indian references. That isn't the situation in this case: Now we are entering an entirely new realm of issues with school mascots.
Utah School Rejects ‘Cougar’ Mascot to Avoid Offending Older Women
What is your opinion?
that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Cougar is a compliment.
My opinion ... pure silliness. Can't speak for all older women, but for myself there sure would be no offense taken.
"It is the power of thought that gives man power over nature."
Hans Christian Anderson
Why didn't I notice...
The key word in the story is "Utah".
I don't think anyone would make that connection with Cougar, especially if the mascot was shown to be a big cat. Now, if their symbol was an old lady, and the mascot running around the field was an old lady, some might take offense...though that would just be sillieness that no school would run with. This is another example of people trying to be overly politically correct. Cougar, actually, is more of a teenage term... most adult don't use that term or make that connection. In common every day speech, if you use the word cougar, people will connect it with the big cat...not women.
I tried to look up who the school board for this school are...couldn't find anything. ARe they all young people or perhaps all women? That might explain the problem if that is the case.
The term is sexually charged, so that's the most likely reason that Utah is going after it.
Always liked this one...