April 26, 2013

Trigger warning for Vagina Warriors — [Darleen Click]

UConn_rapedagThis post discusses a logo cartoon husky dog — a scary symbol of vicious rape culture

The new logo for the University of Connecticut’s 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 (sic) dog.

But one student went much further, criticizing the new, meaner logo for being a pro-rape symbol.
In 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.

Luby: I AM WOMAN! HEAR ME WHINE!UConn_samoyed

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.

Parody is as dead as a Norwegian Blue.

(h/t Glenn Reynolds)

Posted by Darleen @ 11:04pm
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  1. Did Reynolds happen to mention anything about a pack, not a herd?

  2. what’s that, husky? carolyn’s fallen down the well??

    oh hey it’s happy hour I’m a go to sonic brb

  3. I like the new logo. And I can’t figure out if self-described feminist Carlyn Luby got scared by a dog, or found herself being ogled by a student athlete. And if it was the latter, was if being ogled that scared her, or was it her reaction to being ogled that scared her?

    I mean, this whole gaze thing is academic. Until it isn’t.

  4. Also intersting to not that an empowered feminist’s first thought upon being stared at is: what is somebody else going to do to protect me?

  5. jeez it’s always about the gaze with you people

  6. I like it too. The old looked more like a Samoyed then a Husky anyway.

  7. Ernst

    I like the new logo … it looks so much like my daughter’s Bella (husky/german shepherd mix). She’s such a clown until she wants to do what she loves best… RUN! Get’s that 10,000 yard stare and goes off like a shot.

    The fluffy dog is no husky I’ve seen. Samoyed, more like it.

  8. i like how huskies were bred to look like meg foster

    that’s very empowering for womens I think

  9. HAH! Beat you to it Darleen. Of course it might help that I have two sammies myself.

  10. I suppose I’ll have to read her letter if I’m going to find out if she’s speaking literally or metaphorically.

    About the real life Husky, not the staring right through her part.

    My only concern is that it’ll be a big waste of time. Because either way, what does her fear of dog’s/U Conn. men have to do with the University promoting a culture of rape?

  11. what does her fear of dog’s/U Conn. men have to do with the University promoting a culture of rape?

    First there’s men’s athletics, then there’s men

    and they are ALL potential rapists if not properly castrated re-educated.

    UConn just isn’t shifting the money from athletics to re-educating teh mens on violence.

  12. - The staring right through is the telling phrase, as in being ignored. From what I’ve seen most feminists are the best form of birth control.

  13. Parody isn’t dead. It’s pining for the Fjords.

  14. The fluffy dog is no husky I’ve seen.

    Seconded. Queer Eye for the Straight Dog, I’m thinking.

  15. … the face of real life UConn athletics is certainly capable of frightening college women.

    She should start hanging out with the football team instead of women’s basketball.

  16. I like the new logo. And I can’t figure out if self-described feminist Carlyn Luby got scared by a dog, or found herself being ogled by a student athlete.

    The only reasonable conclusion is that she was raped by a dog.

    The hold Husky is a little suggestive with that tongue, no?

  17. Connecticut has no right to use a Husky as its mascot anyway. They STOLE the Yukon Territory’s identity with that dishonest UConn spelling!

    They should do truth in advertising and call their team the Nutmegs. ‘Cuz a the whole damn state is nuts.

  18. Perhaps we should ban paper and pens. The potential for drawing hateful imagery must be abolished.

  19. Speaking of etymology, did the use of the word yellow to denote cowardice come from people peeing themselves when they got scared? If so, then perhaps Frank Zappa’s lyrics about huskies and yellow snow might be apropos.

  20. Vagina Warrior to Vagina Pussy in the space of a few paragraphs.

    Parody may be dead, but mockery is still going strong.

  21. So… they see a “rape symbol” and it’s other people’s fault?

    I see… a dog.

  22. Rape culture? As the mother of sons I am offended that my boys are perceived as potential rapists by this dumb bitch.

    Someone didn’t get to go to the prom.

  23. Sometimes a cigar is just a malevolent nuclear assault penis.

  24. Why was there no trigger warning before the vajayjay word was used? You should know how that word makes me feel. Now I feel oppressed by labia.

  25. You wouldn’t feel that way if they weren’t constantly pushed in your face.

  26. Sorry, I couldn’t hear you there McGehee. Sounded like you were mumbling.

  27. So she’s a Women’s Studies or Gender Studies major, right? One has to be specifically trained to see a simple dog mascot drawing and envision all sorts of patriarchal, heteronormative, oppressive rapey rape rape threats directed at her person.

  28. Since the new femistists seem to think everyone is defined by their genitalia, I guess that means that all women are hookers at heart.

    Is it possible to rape a prostitute? After all, prostitutes are asking for it.

  29. Hey, now, Blake, careful you don’t go inspiring a Slut Walk in your neck of the woods. Young ladies have a right to dress and behave any way they want and you’re a pervert/oppressor if you dare judge them about it.
    http://pjmedia.com/zombie/2012/09/10/sluts-on-parade-slutwalk-sf-2012/

  30. I thought clothes made the man/woman? If one is going to dress like a tart, don’t be surprised if there are strange hands on your nethers or if people make crude remarks about your sexual habits.

    Remember, you picked that outfit not them.

  31. No kidding! But compare the overt sexuality of the women at the Slut Walk – where they’re saying “don’t you sexualize me based on my appearance” vs. a cute dog logo with nothing sexual about it. And look at which is of these controversial (at least to that one student and the administrators who took her complaint seriously). Weird.

  32. I’ve owned a number of dogs over my lifetime (I have three now) and I have never looked at a dog and thought, “My God! That dog reminds me of a rapist!”

    Someone should have sat this twit down and told her she was being ridiculous. I’d open up the Letters to the Editor to letters of ridicule if I were on staff at the school newspaper.

  33. For idiots like Carolyn Luby, life is a one way street. Until they get run over.

  34. it’s not that hard to read his lips. raaaaaa(pe).

  35. Luby reminds me of the Luby’s Massacre in Texas, and Carolyn reminds me of the tragedy with JFK Jr. and his wife.

    I think she should change her name so as not to trigger those kinds of memories in folks.

  36. goo ood bye, luby tuesday.

    who could hang a name on you ?

  37. Luby also makes me think of boobies. Therefore: sexist.

  38. Up next: we learn this student has a hard time paying back her student loans for her non-existent education.

  39. She could always drive a cab, like a lot of philosophy majors.

  40. bh, I’m sure Miss Luby will make money…as a professional grievance monger and gender hustler.

  41. What gets rewarded gets repeated…

    …over and over and over and over and…

  42. Yet another reason why women should stay the fuck out of sports. Louisville has a fricken cardinal that has teeth, and these bitches are worried about a domesticated wolf that looks mean?

  43. Maybe Ms. Luby should transfer to UC Santa Cruz?

  44. New Team Name! The Fluffy Ferrets

  45. Where’s the outcry about Beaver Stadium at Penn State?

  46. what a ……………… Bitch?

  47. OT, kinda:

    Watch the original Dove Real Beauty Sketches, and then watch the same thing only with dudes.

    This ain’t cultural, peeps. You could go to any culture at any point in time and get essentially the same thing.

    It also happens to be hilarious.

  48. From the comments over there, a link to the Chinese parody.

  49. How much is that doggie in the window
    the one with the waggly tale

  50. There is some irony to be found in the fact that more than a few who self-describe as feminists do their damnedest to portray women as infantile, weak, and hysterical. On the other hand, I don’t find it ironic at all when I meet a smart, capable woman who doesn’t self-describe as anything much more than “good accountant” or “talented salesperson” or “businesswoman”.

    Here’s a pro-tip to young women in college: no one cares about this shit once you leave your university bubble. But they will notice that you have developed zero useful skills or knowledge. Maybe think for a little bit on those forty working years after college.

  51. I also have a pro-tip for young men in college. Shave that stupid soul patch. We’re all laughing at you.

  52. fun uconn activity- posters with:

    “carolyn luby is a dog”

    w/carolyn’s face

  53. bh, I’m sure Miss Luby will make money…as a professional grievance monger and gender hustler.

    It’s sad because this might very well be true. We used to put people on the moon and invent shit. Oh well. I’m sure having growing numbers of the populace trained in nothing more than creative complaining is gonna usher in a new golden era.

  54. snips[where have I heard that word lately?]
    and snails
    and puppy dog tails

  55. Future Boys poll
    Would u rather be snipped/or snailed thru this motherfucking torture abuse bullshit life?

    Oliver[cute kid]
    “More Food?’

  56. carolyn luby is into bestiajity- go for the donkey carolyn

  57. yo don’t kvetch

    We shall go on to the end, we shall mock them fight in France, we shall mock them fight on the seas and oceans, we shall mock them fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall mock them fight on the beaches, we shall mock them fight on the landing grounds, we shall mock them fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall mock them fight in the hills; we shall never surrender

  58. I trotted over and read Luby’s letter. At the end of it…

    Carolyn Luby is a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Spanish and minoring in Latino/a Studies. She is involved in various different feminist groups and violence against women prevention efforts on campus and has particular interest in global feminisms and anti-imperial anti-colonial feminisms.

    If the letter’s intent was parody, it would be brilliant; she might have a career as a writer. But her intent was to argue seriously, which means this whackadoodle gal will be unemployable. At least, she’s marked herself as deservedly unemployable, in any industry not Government supported…

  59. really sum1 should send carolyn a dildo with the husky dog and ax her “how does it feel?”

  60. I also noted that the protein wisdom trackback, if it existed, had been deleted. But RS McCain’s remains.

    Must be that ‘V’ word, which you may not use unless you are a feminist female with proper and necessary credentials.

    Wait…RS McCain ?

  61. Being a UConn grad is already two strikes against someone.

  62. I once wrote a letter to the editor at my undergrad, adopting the tone of a shrieking feminazi about a Hallowe’en display that showed a mannequin’s leg sticking out of a snow drift and how it just wasn’t funny to mock the dismembered.

    I was shocked when they printed it. Some folks just don’t do satire, I guess.

  63. those forty working years after college

    Biblical or literal years?

    Retirement age should be what, about 87 by then?

  64. My Step-Dad got arrested in
    The “Husky’ section of Sears

  65. Retirement age should be what, about 87 by then?

    Heh, point taken, guins.

  66. On the other hand, “[27] years of college down the drain.”

  67. I trotted over and read Luby’s letter. At the end of it…

    Carolyn Luby is a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Spanish and minoring in Latino/a Studies. She is involved in various different feminist groups and violence against women prevention efforts on campus and has particular interest in global feminisms and anti-imperial anti-colonial feminisms.

    What do you bet she’s a political lesbian? Maybe that would explain why she got so upset when some U. Conn. athelete gave her the meat stare.

  68. I also have a pro-tip for young men in college. Shave that stupid soul patch. We’re all laughing at you.

    What’s your pro-tip to young men for avoiding being dragged in front of a kangaroo court on account of the that that some woman decided after the fact that the young man is not the type of guy she would willingly have sex with, so his reputation has to be destroyed is she is to reclaim her own?

  69. You have got to be fucking kidding me.

  70. Me? Darleen? Luby?

  71. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. They spelled it ‘feminisms’. The ‘feets tic is catching.

  72. The plural is how they avoid having to deal with Islamic cultures.

  73. Oh well. I’m sure having growing numbers of the populace trained in nothing more than creative complaining is gonna usher in a new golden era.

    Laughed my ass off at that remark, bh. Although, I’m not sure why I find the truth so hysterical.

  74. Neighh
    Trigger
    Neighh

  75. connecticut is where that autistic guy shot all those kids what had them mommies and daddies what put them in an explicitly gun free zone

    that’s just goddamn unamerican,this whole connecticut thang

  76. There’s nothing we don’t already know here, but Steyn still has a hell of a way of saying it:

    The Collapsing of the American Skull

    We’re collapsing our own skulls here — the parameters in which we allow ourselves to think about abortion, welfare, immigration, terrorism, Islam shrink remorselessly, not least at the congressional level. Maybe if we didn’t collapse the skulls of so many black babies in Philadelphia, we wouldn’t need to import so many excitable young Chechens. But that’s thinking outside the box, and the box is getting ever smaller, like a nice, cozy cocoon in which we’re always warm and safe. Like — what’s the word? — a womb.

  77. From Pablo’s Steyn link (this pontification from a NYT blockhead)

    “The alleged involvement of two ethnic Chechen brothers in the deadly attack at the Boston Marathon last week should prompt Americans to reflect on whether we do an adequate job assimilating immigrants who arrive in the United States as children or teenagers.”

    How’s that assimilation supposed to happen when the Party Now In Charge of the Ruling Party (today’s hyper-Left Democrats) only came into existence because they’ve sought to, and have managed to, split Americans into fractious disparate groups and pander to each group’s weaknesses?

    There’s no single ‘American’ attribute left standing that we can point to and say, ‘Immigrant! This is what is America! Rally to us, and be assimilated!”.

    Once, we could point to flag, language and culture. Those three basics were discarded by the Left in favor of Group Ghey, Group Femi, Group ‘Shades of Brown’, Group (insert a ‘splintered-for-Democrat’s-pandering-pleasure’ here).

    That’s what we’ve lost, a rallying point that is uniquely American. There’s nothing of substance for these Chechens to have assimilated to.

  78. It’s like I said when that “lousy job of assimilating” trope first surfaced: If we even ask them to assimilate, it’s raaaaacist.

  79. Possibly worse yet (more racist?!) — or perhaps only as bad — is to ask the immigrants from the womb, the neaneai (or babies), to “assimilate” their minds to the actual origins of the lousy world we usher them into. Resist!, O children, for corruption awaits.

  80. Me? Darleen? Luby?

    Just general YHTBFKM over the whole rapist-culture-mascot thing.

  81. … they’ve sought to, and have managed to, split Americans into fractious disparate groups and pander to each group’s weaknesses?

    Good question. A better one is what to do to defend against this strategy?

  82. “bh says April 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    There is some irony to be found in the fact that more than a few who self-describe as feminists do their damnedest to portray women as infantile, weak, and hysterical. On the other hand, I don’t find it ironic at all when I meet a smart, capable woman who doesn’t self-describe as anything much more than “good accountant” or “talented salesperson” or “businesswoman”.

    Here’s a pro-tip to young women in college: no one cares about this shit once you leave your university bubble. But they will notice that you have developed zero useful skills or knowledge. Maybe think for a little bit on those forty working years after college.”

    Exactly- my first wife was a businesswoman, my second First Flute, Principal Chair in the Jacksonville Symphony. Both were well-educated, intelligent, and independent. And viewed anyone calling themselves a “feminist” with great suspicion.

  83. But explicitly womanly, exhibiting greatness in their womanliness HEG, or that is, female virtue, inaccessible to men as such? From whence, we can hope, the proper rebuke to the nihilistic narrowness of feminism will emerge.

  84. “sdferr says April 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

    But explicitly womanly, exhibiting greatness in their womanliness HEG, or that is, female virtue, inaccessible to men as such? From whence, we can hope, the proper rebuke to the nihilistic narrowness of feminism will emerge.”

    Oh, they were quite womanly in distinctly different styles. If you click my nick, go to the end & scroll back I posted pictures of them- they may be back a page or three but they are from 1984 & 1974.

  85. Page 664 is where my girls are.

  86. Page 664 is where my girls are.

    If that’s a link to a lingerie catalogue, I’m so clicking it.

  87. I pity the poor sap that ever decides to marry her.

  88. I pity the poor sap that ever decides to marry her.

    If it’s any consolation, he’ll probably be a she.

  89. Rape and Racism. They’re whatever you want them to be. Use them to club the shit out of easily frightened suckers for profit…um I mean change the world for the better and end hate.

  90. Seriously this is taking the whole damned dog whistle thing a mile too far. That dog logo looks rapey. Therefore it is rape and supported rapists in their rapey raping. If we get rid of the logo it will prevent rapes. Shit on that stupid nonsense.

  91. 3 R’s
    racism and the other 2

  92. rutabagas

  93. rutabaga condom application

  94. ricky ricardo and the dance of the immigration faeries
    or-how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

  95. rapacious racontuer
    ricky r

  96. rhandi rhodes reeks of rum

  97. Maybe Ms. Luby should transfer to UC Santa Cruz?

    She should have an interesting time once the “Homeless Bill of Rights” aka the fight for the right to P……. P.. P-asses.

  98. …the fuck?

    “What I said is, basically I wouldn’t do anything extraordinary,” he said Saturday. “We would call EMS. We would call 9-1-1. But I wouldn’t do intubation or anything. .?.?. You let nature take its course.

    …says the abortionist.

    Lila Rose has been kicking ass and taking names again.

  99. That is so going to set off one of happyfeets’ defenses of women’s right to choose to murder their children.

  100. Should I tell him to go fuck himself now, or should I wait?

  101. May as well get it in early. I estimate this will prompt a 500-comment binge, of which at least half belong to hf.

    Half of those will be explorations into the deficiencies of Lila Rose’s character.

  102. Fuck off early and often!

  103. I actually checked the date on this post, figuring that it had been back dated to April 1. No such luck.

    My response to Husky rape nonsense would have been to add an erect penis to the cartoon Husky. Then again, I’m not really in the PR business. I’m in more of the “fuck off, stupid” business.

  104. That’s just not nice. Have a cupcake!

  105. That looks extra rapey, beemoe.

  106. Whoa, beemoe, that should inspire dozens of post-grad theses in the Womyn’s Studies dept. at WVU. You’ve got the Angry Male, the Phallic Symbolism, the Wanton Violence In Imagery, the Patriarchal Color-Scheme, and Otherization of Alternate Collegiate Affiliations all wrapped up in one.

  107. I guess we should expect women like the complainer here to exist. We should not expect more than a few people to take them seriously.

  108. This gal needs to take a more rigorous course of study, then she wouldn’t have time to look for rapey husky dog imagery in her lame school’s mascot. My undergrad’s nickname was the Crusaders, which was extra hatey since we were a Catholic college. My high school was the Warriors. My junior high was the Trojans.

    Suddenly, I feel oppressed. Not.

  109. Naomi Schaefer Riley, How Colleges Scam the Working Class:

    Students today can choose courses on prostitutes or “queer gardens”; on brain science or ancient democracies. But how is a freshman supposed to figure out whether it’s better to take the class on women in the European Union or the one on the Korean War — to know which is most important, which will be of lasting value and which would form a good foundation for the study of other subjects?

    As Mark Bauerlein of Emory University notes, “You’re handing the choice to people who don’t know what to choose. They don’t think five years ahead and say, This will be better for me when I’m 25. The kind of discretion that the student-centered progressives want to give is actually damaging to students.”

    It’s “a catastrophe,” says Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution. “On the one hand, colleges have abandoned any actual structure,” so kids need help figuring out how to put together a serious plan for graduating. “But the faculty aren’t there. They’re off studying ‘queer gardens.’” He calls it a maze — and one where “those who come from poor academic backgrounds will do even less well.”

  110. 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

    Eh, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. When a “real life Husky” gets his rape on, you don’t get to look him in the eyes… he’s a doggy, y’know. I’ve seen the videos.

  111. Sure, and then he humps your leg and you say “No puppy! No!” And make a gesture as if to swat him, and he backs off looking guilty. This is considered rape now ? I can no longer take feminism seriously. It walks around with too much shit stuck to it. It needs a bath.

  112. To put it another way the neurotic stupidity of feminism makes me suspect that many feminists will die alone wondering why they lived an outcast’s life and why their friends all wandered away.

  113. …for values of “wandered” that include “fled in a headlong panic.”

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