In Fayette County, Kentucky, officials have reversed their decision to make the mascot of the new Frederick Douglass High School a stallion because of, well, sexism.
Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said in a statement, “Since the public announcement of the mascot Monday, we have received feedback from some community members who have concerns about the mascot and we want to assure our constituents that there was absolutely no intent to offend or upset anyone,” according to WKYT.
Apparently the stallion being a breeding horse is just too patriarchal for some of the more liberal community members.
In fact, a petition on Change.org was created to try to prevent the stallion from remaining the school mascot, and has apparently succeeded.
The stallions mascot is bad because it “is inappropriate and sexist when you consider the definition from ‘YourDictionary’ … ‘The definition of a stallion is a male horse that has not been castrated, used for breeding, or is slang for a powerful and virile man who has lots of lovers,’” the petition read.
“And from Wikipedia … ‘because of their instincts as herd animals, they may be prone to aggressive behavior, particularly toward other stallions, and thus require careful management by knowledgeable handlers. However, with proper training and management, stallions are effective equine athletes at the highest levels of many disciplines,’” the petition continued.
Heaven forbid that a school have a mascot be aggressive.
“What message does this send to our daughters and granddaughters? Our sons and grandsons?” the petition went on.
“We demand that the name be changed to something more gender-neutral and more indicative of Douglass’ brilliant mind, successful career and vision for equality and to send a message to all students that they are respected and valued,” the petition concluded.
Just another accommodation to the insanity that is trying to prevent anyone from becoming offended.
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