What Exactly Is Camel Toe?

There’s enough stuff to figure out with your vagina in terms of making sure it’s healthy and functioning the way it’s supposed to. That’s before we even get into modern slang. When we start looking at the latter, there are a crazy number of things. Obviously, we don’t need to know all the nicknames, especially the niche ones that people of the internet made up just because. What can be helpful is to know ones that are featured on the regular in pop culture, like camel toe.

If you’ve heard camel toe in reference to something besides the foot of a camel, and are wondering what it is but are afraid to ask, allow me to explain exactly what camel toe is.

What exactly is camel toe, pray tell.

Well, you know camel toe is an official thing because it has its own Wikipedia page. Really. According to said page, a camel toe is defined as “a slang [term] for the outline of a woman’s labia majora in tightly fitting clothes.”

Uh, where does the camel come into it?

Apparently people who study these things thought that the outline of labia majora through clothes mimics the camels’ toes. The animals have two distinct toes…with erm nails. Don’t even begin to ask me why other animals weren’t selected for the nickname. The camel was chosen and it seems to have stuck. No, I’m not going to post a comparison photo of a camel and a lady’s crotch.

Is it bad to have a visible camel toe?

If you look at a lot of the stuff on the internet about it (which if I were you, I probably wouldn’t), things fall into two camps: the people who love it. (And according to people who know these things, there are apparently even camel toe inserts you can buy if you want to get the look/make yours more prominent.)  The second group of people are those who track celebrity camel toes and talk about the *major fails* they are. Both present different problems.

The thing that you need to remember is that labia majora are a normal thing that woman have. They’re like arms, boobs, stomachs, butts, etc. Just like how certain clothing styles and materials enhance those areas more, certain clothes will enhance the vaginal area more. There’s nothing wrong with that. It comes down to a personal choice about how much you’re comfortable showing off. Just don’t ever feel that you should be ashamed about wearing something for fear it will create a camel toe.

If I don’t want a camel toe, what should I avoid wearing?

Keeping in mind what I just said, generally things that are made out of tight, lightweight fabrics. Think certain types of underwear, bathing suits, leggings, bike shorts, etc. If you’re going commando in a form-fitting look, you might find a camel toe is more obvious.

Is there anything else a camel toe is called?

I’m sure that there are countless other slang terms for camel toe. According to the Wikipedia page, you might also have heard it referred to as a “ninja boot.” You might also come across cat’s paw, golden arches, and deer hoof, according to internet slang lovers.

So, is there a male version of camel toe?

Apparently there is. And it’s not just something lurking on the dark corners of the internet. GQ has even addressed it. It turns out dudes can get *very large* camel toes, especially those who like to wear slim, tight-fitting pants. Obviously, there are no labia majora involved in the situation, but the effect is still there nonetheless. Urban Dictionary defines it as thus: “The other side of the butt. If you have a boner and are wearing jeans or some rugged pants, it is male camel toe.

At least this is one situation where dudes have a version of a ridiculous body term and it’s not women getting all of the ridiculousness.

Anything else?

It’s worth repeating so I will say it again: Don’t ever let anyone make you feel ashamed about your body, especially for the way it is naturally. Wear what you want and what makes you feel comfortable, and check the haters to the left.

 

What other slang terms have you wondered about? Let us know in the comments!

 

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