Skip to comments.College’s Husky Dog Logo Promotes Rape, Says Student (UCONN)
Posted on 04/26/2013 12:27:53 PM PDT by drewh
The new logo for the University of Connecticuts sports teams is a terrifying husky dog that calls to mind images of sexual assault, says one student.
The new logo was unveiled last week, receiving mixed-to-negative reviews from UConn fans who preferred the older, cuter husky dog.
But one student went much further, criticizing the new, meaner logo for being a pro-rape symbol.
Ads by GoogleIn an open letter to UC President Susan Herbst, self-described feminist student Carolyn Luby wrote that the redesigned team logo will intimidate women and empower rape culture.
UConn basketball coach Geno Auriemma said the logo is looking right through you and saying, Do not mess with me. This is a streamlined, fighting dog, and I cannot wait for it to be on our uniforms and court.
In response, Luby wrote, What terrifies me about the admiration of such traits is that I know what it feels like to have a real life Husky look straight through you and to feel powerless, and to wonder if even the administration cannot mess with them. And I know I am not alone.
There were two sexual assaults at UConn involving athletes in the past year, Luby claimed.
The logo and the teams it represents are menacing to women, she wrote.
Ads by GoogleThe face of real life UConn athletics is certainly capable of frightening college women, wrote Luby.
Herbst did not respond to requests for comment
Good heavens, Carolyn Luby. Huskies don’t rape.
So she was sexually assaulted by a dog???
Do college women in Conn. get raped by dogs a lot ?
Carolyn should not be attending a university in her mental condition. She should be seeking help at a psychiatric hospital.
‘Rape’ seems a strange thing to think of when confronted with an angry looking dog. Maybe she got groped by a dog once, or something.
There’s no accounting for people who are scared of their own shadow.
Oh! Well we can't have that! The logo has got to go.
How stupid do you have to be to go to college these days?
Bet this Luby gal hopes so.
chick has some serious issues. feminism really screws up a gal’s mind. too bad this babe didn’t grow up in the real world.
Maybe she’s channeling Marjorie Knoller.
Oooooops, puckered up at the sight of that rabid dog.
Is this the twit’s twitter account?
Yup! Looks like a “rapist” to me.
Her assertion brings up images of mental instability.
Is that her?
Proper response to that is kick the damned thing. One of the few occasions when kicking a dog is acceptable. "Leg-hound" is another one.
That red spot in its mouth looks like a half-eaten cherry.
John, are you moonlighting under a pseudonym? It sure reads like your work!
So...who, exactly, sees a picture of dog and thinks of *any* kind of sex?
Sounds like somebody’s got some really weird ‘issues’.
another Sandra Fluke working her way through the farm system, I see...
Let me guess...no guns allowed on campus.
Although in her case I’m thinking she shouldn’t be allowed to carry due to mental deficiency.
Maybe she should trim his toenails.
UConn Female Student says new mascot promotes sexual assault
Dear President Susan Herbst,
I write to you today as a UConn student, but more specifically as a UConn woman and feminist. I want to first express my admiration for you as a woman who has made it in a mans world, who has faced the odds and done the seemingly unthinkable; become the first woman president at UConn over the course of its 130-year history. You serve as a shining example that even the most challenging of ceilings can be broken, and you speak to the considerable strides women have made over the last 50 years in academia and the professional world. One of the most vivid memories I have of my admiration for your accomplishments was when Gloria Steinem gave you a standing ovation for your successes, along with a full auditorium of students and faculty, during her speech at the 40 year anniversary of the UConn Womens Center this past fall. It is on behalf of that standing ovation, my feminist foremothers, and the respect that I feel for your success personally that I write this letter of concern and intervention to you today.
Over the course of the past few weeks, UConn has gradually unveiled its New University Visual Identity Program which will make UConn the schools new wordmark with a unified appearance, and will require a change in the Husky Dog logo from its current mascot to a more powerful and aggressive looking logo. In your Second State of the University Address, you spoke to the reasoning behind this re-branding and logo change, and these justifications left me overcome by waves of anger and frustration. As a UConn student who is proud of my Universitys academics and my future degree, I feel frustrated; as a woman student living at this campus I am outright offended. I am appalled by the selective amnesia these justifications display and angered at the superficiality of this Visual Identity Program.
The updated identity package that will be presented on the 18th, like the wordmark, is intended to show what UConn and our student athletes convey every day: poise, confidence, competitiveness, and the determination to succeed in the classroom and on the field and the court.
The aforementioned was one of the statements made in your address. Here is a timeline of some events that are disturbingly absent from this account of the past year in UConn athletics:
On June 21st 2012, UConn Mens basketball becomes the first BCS school team to face a postseason ban based solely on low APR (Academic Progress Rate) scores.
On October 6th 2012, Lyle McCombs is arrested on charges of second degree breach of peace for a domestic violence dispute in which he was, yelling, pushing, and spitting at his girlfriend during an argument outside a residence hall.
On February 11th 2013, Enosch Wolf is arrested on charges of third degree burglary, first degree criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct when he refused to leave a female students apartment, grabbed the hair of the victim and pushed her head and knocked the glasses off the victims face with his hand.
On March 21st 2013, Tyler Olander is arrested for trespassing in a structure or conveyance while on Spring Break in Panama City, Florida.
These are serious marks against both our athletic program and our university as a whole marks that, other than a decision made by Coach Kevin Ollie to suspend Wolf indefinitely, have gone unaddressed, unmentioned, and unacknowledged by UConn authorities. What does this timeline say when juxtaposed with your justification? It beckons the question, what does UConn do with marks like these? The answer appears to be: we turn them blue and shape them into something new.
Instead of giving these problematic aspects of male athletic peer culture at UConn a second look or a giving the real face of athletics a true makeover, it appears that the focus of your administration is prioritizing the remodeling of the fictional face of the Husky Logo. Instead of communicating a zero tolerance atmosphere for this kind of behavior, increasing or vocalizing support to violence against women prevention efforts on campus in the face of such events, or increasing support to student run programs that seek to work with athletes on issues of violence as well as academic issues, it would appear that your administration is more interested in fostering consumerism and corporatization than education and community. Another example of this shift in priorities can be seen in the current administrations selection of the new logo a selection made with no involvement from or consultation with the normal, everyday, non-Olympian student body:
Contrary to speculation, the Husky will not appear to be mean, snarling, or capable of frightening small children! Instead he will be rendered as the sleek, beautiful animal a real Husky truly is.
Well President Herbst, the new Husky logo may not be capable of frightening small children, but the face of real life UConn athletics is certainly capable of frightening college women.
It is looking right through you and saying, Do not mess with me. This is a streamlined, fighting dog, and I cannot wait for it to be on our uniforms and court.~Geno Auriemma stated about the new logo change.
What terrifies me about the admiration of such traits is that I know what it feels like to have a real life Husky look straight through you and to feel powerless, and to wonder if even the administration cannot mess with them. And I know I am not alone. It is on this note that I ask you to hear these words. And whether you hear me or not, I thank you for the ceilings you have shattered that benefit women in academia such as myself. In the words of Audre Lorde, this letter is in repayment.
And I suppose she will find the Oregon State University mascot sexist too ?
Takes a real bitch to look at a dog and think “sex”.
What a bitch! I’m talking about the cartoon of a female dog, of course.
If this woman sees “rape” in the face of a cartoon dog, she needs psychological therapy really, really badly.
I liked the old husky better myself, but that doesn’t alter the fact that the chick is nuts.
doggy style guilty conscience
Sounds to me like she suppressing a desire to engage in bestiality, so she trying to shift her hangup to everybody else.
Great pic, LMAO!!
Is ~that~ it?
The dog looks smiling-happy to me.
Not even a bit intimidating.
Duran Duran must advocate Rape too
Let me guess, that’s dog’s name is “Billy Jeff”
Well, the answer is obvious..like most radical feminists Carolyn Luby is Carolyn Loopy.
The mascot is supposed to scare athletic rivals
She definitely sounds like she has “issues”. A lot of “issues”.
Obviously some sort of memo has circulated through the left, instructing them to collapse the system from the inside with a deluge of lawsuits, scurrilous claims no matter how outlandish, and cries of discrimination/racism, thereby clogging up the courts, draining taxpayer money, and keeping everyone busy while they destroy what’s left of a formerly prosperous nation.
She has one point - there is a lot of sexual misconduct among college and professional athletes.
Part of it is the environment and culture in which they are raised, part of it is their entitlement mentality.
I bet this pitiable woman has had such an encounter and the mascot of the sports team causes some PTSD effects in her.
She needs to get some help for her PTSD instead of taking it out on a symbol.
Wow... who are these people? What planet are they really from? Because we all know that Huskies are famous for raping women. (do I need a sarc tag?)
With this level of stupidity, UConn really needs to reconsider its admissions standards.
Throw in DC traitors, some muzz saboteurs, and surrendered borders, and that pretty well sums it up.
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