So, Your Uterus Didn’t Drop Out?

She ran and she ran, her heart was beating too fast, she knew this but kept going. She made the 200m line, 400 meters, 800 meters, shattering the mile record, still she ran, and then it happened. Her uterus fell out! But still, she ran and cried but as her top lip quivered it felt heavier, so she slowed in order to catch a glimpse of herself. The shop window reflected her image and she saw the huge mustache that had appeared.  But in her heart she knew the medical experts were wrong about one thing, she didn’t want to be a man!

You’re right it’s not true but women weren’t allowed to run more than 200m in an Olympic event until 1960! It was 1984 before the women’s marathon finally became a sanctioned Olympic event. In 1928 they were allowed to run 800 meters. The report states that 5 of them collapsed and failed to finish at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics so it was reduced to 200 meters; 800 meters was just too much for such frail creatures! Except that the report was fabricated, there were nine runners and they all finished!

Distance running by women was thought to be unladylike, it was a violation of natural law, they were not physiologically capable of running mile after mile, they wouldn’t be able to bear children and of course we all knew that her uterus would fall out. Don’t forget the added fact that she might grow a mustache, chest hair and big legs. There were even some people at the IOC who were suspicious that they were really men, or wanted to be one.

None of these things actually happened (in case you were wondering) which, as a huge Paula Radcliffe fan, I am very glad it didn’t. In the 1900 Paris Olympics 19 women competed overall. In Tokyo this coming summer there will be 11,000 athletes and nearly 50% will be female. As I once said to Jo Pavey, “You’ve brought so much joy into my house.”

Not sure which way she took that, but my running partner, Jo Burgoyne said it sounded a little creepy. But thank you for persevering ladies, your country is proud of you. I shall probably disturb the entire street and rupture my vocal cords when these particular young ladies grace us with their  phenomenal power.

About charliecountryboy

Part-time Carpentry Assessor. writer, runner, guitarist. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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44 Responses to So, Your Uterus Didn’t Drop Out?

  1. Ana Daksina says:

    You mean, I’m not SUPPOSED to have a moustache and chest hair? 😣🤣

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  2. Jo says:

    Wow so predictive text didn’t mess up for once it was uterus not ultras and I’m thankfull that in the many miles we’ve run side by side you’ve never had to help me put my uterus back in! Well done to all the women that have proved this theory wrong!!!

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  3. Hi. Good essay. The summer Olympics are only a few months away. The track events will be very exciting, as always.

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  4. Carolyn Page says:

    Thank You, Charlie, for putting my mind at rest. I will be able now to enjoy all the fabulous women competing at the Olympics knowing their uteruses are safe. Phew!!!
    (I’ll also enjoy all the fabulous men, too.)
    Signed: Love Those Muscles!
    Loved this, Charlie. 😀
    xoxoxo

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  5. Great post. My 28 year old granddaughter Katrice trains and competes in triathlon and iron man/ woman events.

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  6. itsmylife126 says:

    Good one. In India, most of the achieving athletes are women and we are proud of them

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Jay says:

    A nice hurrah and an excellent reminder of how recently in history things were much different.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. neelstoria says:

    Wow! I had no idea about this…….and so glad that gone are those days now!

    Liked by 3 people

  9. The Hinoeuma says:

    No need to worry for the transgender females. They don’t have uteruses to fall out…do they? 🤔🤨

    I wish I was a runner. I’ve had messed up knees since I was 12.

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  10. Go ahead and disturb everyone, Charlie! I look forward to hearing your bellows here in the US during the Olympics.

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  11. Awesome stuff.. Just love athletics.. 😉

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  12. MsNoveltea says:

    This gave me a good giggle!

    Liked by 2 people

  13. For some reason, after thoughts of women with facial hair, my mind is dwelling on East European female field athletes…

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Women have come a long way! I miss jogging 🏃‍♀️ I need to get back into it

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