The Olympics Thought Ski Jumping Was Bad For Your Delicate Lady Uterus

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the first time ever that women’s ski jumping will be a sport. Previously, women were only allowed to test the courses for the men. The International Olympic Committee has long said women were excluded from competition because the category does not have enough elite female competitors, a charge actual women ski jumpers disputed. So it is with great “Ugh”-ing and eyerolling that I point out the actual fucked-up, sexist, medically inaccurate belief that was (not officially, but still) holding women back: ski jumping is bad for the uterus.

Yes, ladies are too delicate for ski jumping! Business Insider quoted the president of the International Ski Federation telling NPR in 2005, “Don’t forget, it’s like jumping down from, let’s say, about two meters on the ground about a thousand times a year, which seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view.” Seriously? Was this really a thing? Apparently so. People know that childbirth is pretty rough on the uterus, right? And that dudes’ balls must smack pretty hard against their upper thighs? What a bunch of silly faux-medical hogwash. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] [Image of woman ski jumping via Shutterstock]