High School in Utah Can’t Be the ‘Cougars’ Because Name Could Offend Women
There is no doubt that the word “cougar” has undergone a metamorphosis over the last few decades — no longer just meaning a “a large American wild cat with a plain tawny to grayish coat,” it now also suggests a whole different kind of animal — usually a Chardonnay-drinking woman of a certain age on the prowl for younger man meat.
However, this story is still pretty ridiculous. A soon-to-be opened high school in Draper, Utah has scrapped plans to call its athletic teams the “Cougars” after some parents complained the name would be offensive to middle-aged women.
Nevermind that BYU, Utah’s most famous and most pious university, also calls their athletic teams the Cougars.
Instead, Corner Canyon High School decided to go with Chargers, instead. And while we could probably also think of some ways to make that name dirty, we’ve become too fascinated with this Draper, Utah place — where the “cougar” population is so vibrant and strong that you have to worry about their feelings. ‘Brigham Young’ indeed!