Dame it, Knights
February 23, 2018
On social media, on websites and through talk around Tampa, we are known as the Robinson Knights. In that regard, there is no “Lady Knight.” A student is a student; we are all Robinson Knights. And that’s how it should always be.
I am a quarterback on the flag football team, which chooses to go by the Knights, not the Lady Knights. And I find that perfectly acceptable. All girls sports teams should go by that. But when I played softball my freshman year, the term “Lady Knights” was plastered on all of my team gear. Every time we broke it down in the team huddle after practice, we had to yell “Lady Knights” as loud as we could. I found it incredibly embarrassing and insulting.
Just because women attend Robinson, why do we feel the need to add in a gender-specific adjective in front of our mascot? Sure, in the 10th century, Knights were mostly men but there’s no need to differentiate now.
And to that point, females that held the same position as knights were called dames. Lady knights don’t exist. If we have to differentiate between the genders at our school, could we at least be historically accurate?
Honestly, I don’t like the term lady. Yes, it is the proper term for a female in a royal position. But this isn’t Camelot, it’s high school. A lady is a woman who uses “refined behavior.” Screw that. If we feel the need to segregate, can we go by something that sounds better than “Lady”?
Let’s be the “Feminine Knights” or “Womanly Knights.” If we aren’t allowed to fit in with the guys, we might as well choose a better adjective or have some fun with it.
Or, we could ditch the policy all together. Our mascot is the Knight. If you are on the girls basketball team, people will already know you’re a female. Why is there a need to change the school mascot to get the point across a second time?
It’s just messed up. If you go to Robinson, you are a Knight. Hopefully all members of the school can come to agree with that.