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School's Stallion Mascot Slammed as 'Sexist'

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By    |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 01:55 PM

A Kentucky high school has dumped its stallion mascot after being hammered with complaints that the studly animal symbol is sexist.

Frederick Douglass High School, a new school under construction in Fayette County, announced on Monday that a white stallion emblazoned in orange and green would be the emblem of its girls' and boys' sports teams.

But a petition drive launched by a community activist on Change.org demanded the image be dropped because it was "inappropriate and sexist."

It referred to the YourDictionary.com definition of stallion as "a male horse that has not been castrated, used for breeding or is slang for a powerful and virile man who has a lot of lovers" and noted the symbol would be worn by girls' sports teams.

"What message does this send to our daughters and granddaughters? Our sons and grandsons?" the petition stated.

One signer commented: "Any reference to dominant male power and sexual prowess is outrageously discriminatory toward female students who are already having to deal with sexually aggressive boys during classes, in hallways, and in after-school activities."

Another said: "I'm pretty sure that it would never be considered for boys to play for the 'Fillies' at a school. Why would girls' teams be expected to be 'Stallions?'"

After the petition was signed by more than 200 protestors, school officials buckled and said they'll change the symbol.

"We want assure our constituents that there was absolutely no intent to offend or upset anyone," Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said, according to WKYT-TV.

Caulk also said the mascot will be changed to another kind of horse "to pay homage to Lexington's rich history in the horse industry."

"We've already received suggestions of Thoroughbreds or Racers as possible alternatives to Stallions and we will solicit additional ideas from our students before they choose a horse-themed mascot grounded in the land's equestrian heritage," Caulk said.

According to Kentucky.com, the stallion symbol was a nod to the school's property, once part of Hamburg Place farm where leading racehorses, including six Kentucky Derby winners, were sired.

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