Viral Camel Toe Hack: This TikTok Trend Keeps Us Women Ashamed of Our Bodies



Viral Camel Toe Hack: This TikTok trend ensures that we women continue to be ashamed of our bodies.

Take a bra pad, cut it to size, put it in your panties and you'll prevent a camel toe. A simple solution to what seems like a really big problem. Because this hack is currently going viral on social media. The women who demonstrate the hack in their videos are beaming with relief and the comments also reflect their enthusiasm. My enthusiasm, on the other hand, is limited, but my horror is all the greater. Added to this is anger and sadness. Anger that in 2022 we still live in a society that tells women and people with vulvas that their bodies are something to be ashamed of. Sadness, I feel, for the women who believe they have to hide parts of their bodies from men - and other women, for fear of being stared at and laughed at.

Viral Camel Toe Hack: Our bodies deserve more respect

The female body is a single flashpoint. You don't even know where to run to first with your bucket to extinguish it. No sooner have you solved one supposed problem than society presents you with the next. It would be boring if we women had a day when we didn't have to tear ourselves apart because of our supposed flaws. But what makes me saddest about this is the fact that we ourselves believe so much that our bodies are wrong that we present other women with solutions on how to optimise or hide them. We have so internalised the impossible demands that society, the Male Gaze, places on us that we believe them ourselves and transfer our insecurities onto other women. This has to stop. Instead, we should do the exact opposite: We should celebrate ourselves and our bodies and empower other women. The female body in particular does so much, and it deserves gratitude and respect for that, not self-loathing.

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There is hardly any other part of our bodies that we find as ugly as our vulvas. We shave it because we think we would be unhygienic otherwise. Many of us don't even know its name. We perfume it, operate on it, bleach it and hide it. Yet it is almost magical. Together with the vagina, it ensures that life can come into being. It is our pleasure centre. All of this should be celebrated, if at all, and not rejected with shame and contempt.

"We are not Barbies, not everything is smooth between our legs. The vulva is a separate organ that needs its place."

Who actually said that sexual organs have to be "beautiful"? And what is "beautiful" anyway?

We are not Barbies, not everything is smooth between our legs. The vulva is a separate organ that needs its place. Yes, that's right, manspreaders. How many times have I sat on a train with my legs crossed and painfully pinched off a vulva lip? I also feel the need to sit with my legs wide apart and sometimes I do, even though society tells me not to show off what's between my legs.

And who actually said that sexual organs have to be "beautiful"? And who actually defines what is "beautiful"? Sexual organs do not have to meet aesthetic demands. They don't have to smell like flowers either. They address our most primitive instincts, they are supposed to arouse us and they do that quite well as they look. For me, their supposed rawness is their "beauty". That said, by the way, I don't think a flaccid penis or testicles amount to any design classics. Nevertheless, neither has to be hidden. No, all that is proudly presented. The bigger the better - while we women rack our brains over how to avoid getting a camel toe in our sports leggings at the gym. Yet we are not only incredibly hard on ourselves, we are also hard on other women. It's all so absurd, twisted and wrong. Especially when you think about how hypersexualised women's bodies are portrayed in our society. A naked, clean-shaven female body can be used to sell anything from fast food to plumbing supplies. Sexist advertising is emblazoned on every street corner, conveying unrealistic portrayals, photoshopped and over-optimised, unnatural women's bodies. That's fine. But it is not okay to see the outlines of our actual sexual organs in a pair of sports leggings.

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Personally, I haven't participated in this for a long time. I don't wear a bra even though my breasts are unevenly sized, I don't shave my armpits or my vulva, and I don't care if people can see my vulva in my clothes. And yes, putting up with people's looks - men's, but especially other women's - is not always easy. But even less can I bear the injustice with which women's bodies are treated in our society. So I can't just tell someone, don't put a bra pad in your panties, don't be ashamed, because I know how long it takes to get to that point. But I can say this: our bodies are just the way they are, right. They deserve us to be proud of them, they deserve our mutual respect and love.

We need to stop putting each other down, our environment is already reliably taking care of that.

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Instead, we need to start changing the way we look at ourselves and other women and celebrate what we see, shaved or unshaved, camel toe or no camel toe, so that we can eventually feel pride in our bodies instead of shame.

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