It’s Time To Rebrand The Camel Toe Once And For All

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Ahh, the camel toe.

It’s a phenomenon that is mocked as often as it is fetishized.

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The male equivalent, the illustrious “moose-knuckle,” is seen more as a #humblebrag about the size of the wearer’s junk.

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Yet the camel toe is seen as a sign of promiscuity, indecency or obesity.

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The stigma around this sartorial blunder assumes that a camel toe happens because clothes are too tight. Which is slut-shaming, fat-shaming and downright inaccurate.

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In reality, many things can contribute to the occurrence of camel toes.

These include (but are not limited to): personal grooming habits, style of undergarments, posture, design, fit and material of clothing.

The problem is often in the engineering.

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It’s actually cheaper to make pants that fit poorly. Some even blame the failures of fast fashion for the increase in camel toe appearance, as the pattern-making becomes increasingly outsourced and generic.

The camel toe has many aliases…

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Labial lapse, front wedgie, axe wound, ninja slipper, jean taco, hungry clam, yo-yo smuggler, zipper muffin, buffalo gums, etc., etc., etc..

But there’s something all those names have in common:

They all divorce the women in question from their own bodies.

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It’s time to abandon these condescending visual analogies for something more body-positive.

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From now on, this (often inadvertent) (sometimes unavoidable) (usually uncomfortable but totally innocuous) occurrence shall be called The Beauty Wedge.

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So ladies, wear your beauty wedge with pride!

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Or don’t! Wear whatever you want! It’s your body!

Just stop calling it a camel toe.

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For the sake of women, camels, and pants-wearers everywhere.

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