Sunday, February 19, 2006

It's for your own good

Feministing.com has a rightly outraged post about the ban on female ski jumping in the winter Olympics, ostensibly to protect women. Here are some choice passages Feministing pointed out:
"Ski jumping is just too dangerous for women. Don't forget, [the landing] it's like jumping down from, let's say, about two meters to the ground about a thousand times a year, which seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view."
and
"So far, we've been told every excuse in the book. That it's too 'dangerous' for girls. That there aren't enough of us. That we're not good enough. That it would damage our ovaries and uterus and we won't be able to have children, even though that's not true. It's so outdated, it's kind of funny in a way. And then it's not."
Astute commenter slim points out:
Pregnancy and childbirth, both the actual physical stresses of carrying and delivering a child and ligament-loosening effects progesterone, are the number one causes of uterine prolapse and bladder failure. But we ladies can handle that, right? Just not something really stressful like ski jumping. (Could the real concern by that the women would quickly dominate the sport?)
Oh right, now it makes sense. Women can risk their reproductive organs all they want, as long as it's in service of bearing children. Putting their bodies to the test for the sake of their own accomplishments, though, we can't allow that. It's like these ski jumpers think they have sole ownership of their reproductive organs, or something.

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