Chick-Chat: We Need To Stop Hating On The Camel Toe

Hi, I’m Lydia. Chick-Chat is a column about girl stuff and casual gossip, because everyone needs some girl talk.

It was only this week that Instagram confessed the reason its nudity policies are so regimented, thrusting the #FreetheNipple conversation back onto our social media feeds. Facebook joined in the war on female genitals when they removed a photo from Swedish photographer Arvida Byström.

Why? Because she had a visible camel toe. We will call them VCT from now on. Because nobody is offended by an undercover camel toe apart from the wearer, and you don't usually notice these until a girl pulls out her front wedgie. Anyway...

(Photo: Arvida Bystrom)

(Photo: Arvida Byström/Maja Malou Lyse)

As part of her and fellow artist Maja Malou Lyse's new Selfie Stick Aerobics video, Byström sports a pretty amazing VCT. The shot of Arvida was removed from her Facebook page after someone reported it as offensive.

The image is vaguely controversial, sure. Having your exposed camel toe out there on the internet for the world to see is a little off the wall. But is it shocking? No. Is it a pretty natural occurrence for anyone with a vagina? Yeah.

Before we get into the formidable juicy bits, let's get something straight. A camel toe is when your panties or whatever you're wearing bunches up and makes a visible crease where your genitals are. The most important thing to note, though, is that most of the time it's totally unavoidable.

When I was younger, having a VCT at school meant death by embarrassment. Boys were "calling out" camel toes on the reg, so no vagina-owner dared wear pants one size too small, even if they did make our 16-year-old butts look great.

Since this early age we've repeatedly been hit with a double standard. A guy lets his bulge out, he's a hero. A girl gets featured in an "OMG CAMEL TOE" column and humiliated. But what's the fucking problem? Let's change our attitudes already.

Brit's VCT is pretty hot tbh. (Photo: AP)

Brit's VCT is pretty hot tbh. (Photo: AP)

Phallic bulge vs. camel toe

Clothing brands like anti-camel toe pant designers Camel No (I mean, WTF) and this anti-camel toe torture device only plunge us further into the dark depths of body shame. Although they're also to curb the discomfort of a 'front wedgie', inventions like these contribute to the vicious circle of victim blaming and forgive those that stigmatize women for having a VCT as if they purposefully wear tighter jeans to get one (which wouldn't be a problem either).

Trashy magazine column faves like Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner and Britney have all been ridiculed repeatedly for labia visible from outside their leggings/leotards/bikinis. But the sign of star-studded male junk is celebrated and even deemed "important". Gender imbalance. Hello again, old friend...

We shouldn't scrutinize camel toes any more than we scrutinize a phallic bulge, even though the media continues to do so time and time again. We could stop perving at both, but let's be real – we should treat all visible genitals with respect and embrace our creases when the dudes with socks in their pants get high-fived.

Strangely, this photo did not get reported on Facebook. (Photo: Arvida Byström/Maja Malou Lyse)

Strangely, this photo of Maja did not get reported. (Photo: Arvida Byström/Maja Malou Lyse)

The camel toe fan club

Not everyone is in on the camel toe offensive, though. There are sites and Tumblrs dedicated to them. Of course some camel toes are depicted in erotica or fetishized, but not every VCT is there for purposes of titillation. Sometimes you're just jogging to your bodega to get some milk.

But hey, at least sometimes they're being appreciated. Let's avoid adding camel toes to the list of forbidden sexualized female looks, though. We know better than to criticize and critique how a lady's body parts look to the outside. And so does the media.

Tut, tut, Marc Jacobs in 2007 reminding us of the TOTALLY unfashionable faux pas that is the camel toe. God forbid! (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

Marc Jacobs in 2007 reminding us of the TOTAL fashion faux pas that is the camel toe. God forbid! (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

Jeez, does it even matter?

Yeah, yeah, we've got more important things to worry about than whether someone flags up your accidental jean crease, get over it. I hear you. There are a whole variety of issues women, female-identifying people and feminine individuals are facing in 2015 and sorting out camel toe scrutiny doesn't really qualify as a top priority.

But every sexist issue is an issue. Whenever a women's body is scrutinized, that puts us back. Whether it's camel toes or FGM, while some are clearly more devastating than others, if we forget the small claims we dismiss women's movements on a grand scale.

So babes, hike up your high-waisted jeans and flaunt your camel toes proudly.

You don't wanna stop wearing your mom jeans do you? (Photo: Versace)

You don't wanna stop wearing your mom jeans do you? (Photo: Versace)

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