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January 21, 2012 / Hallie Madenski

The Term “Cougar” No Longer Applies To Felines

A Utah school’s decision to not make their new mascot a cougar because it might be offensive to middle-aged women makes me wonder what people think of first when they hear the word “cougar.”

I guess it depends on the context. For instance “there’s a cougar roaming school grounds” certainly could conjure images of a hungry Demi Moore, but as a country girl I’d have to assume that it was an actual cougar reference. Listen, Corner Canyon High board members, this is not offensive to middle-aged women, it’s offensive to mountain lions.

The school decided on the Chargers instead because no “other high school in Utah has adopted Chargers as a mascot.” How creative. Other rejected names: The Deaf Leopards (legal issues) and Woolly Bears. (LBGT groups, specifically chubby gay men, protested)

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