By Jessie Strong There are many sports teams for female and male students at North Toronto and both teams do equally well in games and competitions. However, the school’s mascot is the Norseman. If the male students are the Norsemen and the female students aren’t, then what are the girls called? Nothing? How stupid. So why do we have such a sexist mascot? Our mascot is a NorseMAN. Why does it have to be a man? Why can’t we be The Norse? Grade 11 student Nicolette Kemerer says, “The Norseman seems like a very stereotypically strong male character, and it doesn't seem to represent the NT population in its entirety. It gives the ideal that all of the guys who play sports are the Norsemen of the school, and that female sports are less important or should be taken less seriously than the male sports. I really don't see how women could relate to a mascot that is clearly male, to be honest.” Our mascot should be something that makes students proud to be a part of the North Toronto sports teams. Our current mascot doesn’t represent gender equality and doesn’t make everyone feel equal, even though North Toronto is supposed to be a open school. Our school’s team jerseys have exactly the same problem. Many male teams have giant Norsemen mascots on the front of their jerseys. What do female teams have? No image, just “North Toronto” and the sport we play. I want a mascot that makes me feel like I’m part of a larger team, rather than feeling like the girls are left out. It doesn’t feel like all the sports team are united through the mascot. It is sexist. It is astounding that North Toronto still has a male Norseman as their mascot in 2017. Our mascot needs to be changed to represent all the staff and students of NT.