Where are all the female sports mascots?

Hadas Kuznits
November 09, 2018 - 4:39 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There are many new mascots in Philadelphia, from Gritty to Squiggles, to now Wingston. But why are they all either male-oriented or gender neutral? Why are so few mascots female?

When you think of Philadelphia mascots you probably don't first think about the Philadelphia Freedoms of World TeamTennis.

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"It's their main character and her name is Nettie," said David Raymond of Raymond Entertainment. 

His company helps create mascots, and he was the first Philly Phanatic. So where are all the women mascots?

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"Other than Phil and Phyllis with the Philadelphia Phillies, I don't think there's a history of any female mascots within Philadelphia," Raymond said. "There are a lot of female mascots represented throughout sports as a complimentary character and there are some female mascots for some minor league sports teams."

But he says teams don't generally choose female main character mascots. 

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Why not?

"You know, I don't know," Raymond said, "other than the fact maybe it's the thing that maybe we need to change consciousness about."