“Finger Trap” is the New “Thigh Gap”: This All Needs to StopGina Vaynshteyn

Growing up, some of us believed in bogus body myths that revealed whether a girl was a virgin (it’s how she walks!), or if a guy had a big package (it’s based on his shoe-size, obviously!). I think once we reached the 10th grade, we realized that all these stupid “rules” were made up by someone with too much time on their hands, and we moved on with our lives. Well, a new and incredibly ludicrous “beauty test” is running amok in China. One of the biggest trends on Weibo (China’s version of Facebook) is posting photos of oneself  trying out the “Beauty and Ugliness Identification Method.” If you’re “beautiful,” you are able to place your index finger against your nose and have your lips touch said finger. If your lips are unable to make contact with your finger, then you’re “ugly.”

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Out of curiosity, I tried out this assessment, also called the “finger trap” test, and honestly the results really depended on how I angled my head, so who knows where I stand. Verdict? B.S.! But we already knew that. However, many on Weibo actually believe this test is scientifically valid (it’s not) and reflective of beauty (it’s not).

So, my question is, what’s up with all these ridiculous and often times, fallacious, beauty standards? Several years ago, there was a huge “arm flab” movement (I’m sure Tracy Anderson made out like a bandit on that one), “thigh gap” is, as we know, a big thing currently, as is #thinspo and “Pretty or Ugly” (which is really upsetting to watch). There is no denying that women are being negatively affected by unrealistic beauty standards, but they’re taking to blogging and Youtube, which is creating an even bigger community that fosters negativity and unhealthy behavior. Some “thinspo” blog posts quote: “my weight depresses me,” and “By eating you are filling up where that gap between your thighs should be.”

So many of us are not quite satisfied with some aspect of our bodies, but I think the abundance of antagonism on the Internet is encouraging already self-conscious girls to be even more hateful towards themselves (because other people are doing it, so it must be normal!). Negative body image has turned into this self-fulfilling prophecy: if I think I’m ugly, I must be. This is so, so wrong.

I know this subject has been on our minds lately, but it’s hard not to vent when we see so many girls (and boys) portray themselves in such a destructive manner. The fact that another stupid body image trend is circulating overseas is even more of a reason to boycott them. Beauty shouldn’t abide by any rules. And neither should you.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=149100545 Annette DiGiacomo

    I had this recent interaction on Facebook….

    The oddest most amazing thing just happened. A post showed up in my news feed, it had four pictures in a collage and they were all teenage girls. It was in my feed because I am friends with one of the young ladies. The title was comment on who should be out. I was shocked. I commented saying that I was glad I was no longer a teenager and that while these girls may be friends this was a form of cyber bullying. Do you want to know what happen next? I was shocked but the girl who posted it commented that she didn’t realize it and promptly deleted her post. I’m impressed and shocked

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18800727 Kim Carner

    Sometimes I wonder what I did without the internet. Recently I’ve become VERY grateful that it was in its primitive stages when I graduated high school (2000) because I was so impressionable and cared so much about what others thought. Teenage girls (and boys) are just mean to each other period, but the damage that can be done now that the internet is so pervasive makes me understand why there are so many cyberbullying-related suicides. Too bad we can’t go back in time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506614048 Karlita Sanchez

    Well I suppose I am beautiful! my lips touch my lips while touching my nose!!! hee hee hee hee!!! I believe we have a responsibility here! Let’s all encourage any and all young girls around us, specially during the pre-teen years. I always tell my 12 year old daughter that what matters in this is her inner beauty. There is nothing uglier than a mean person.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001122437270 Juhani Heino

    So this is how duckface selfies began? ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1535305449 Annabelle Bournel

    Actually this test is based on real datas. There’s an “aesthetic lign” from the nose to the chin, your lips are supposed not to cross this lign, and the lower lips to be closer to the lign than the upper lips. But it does’nt reflect beauty, it reflects the harmony of the maxillars bones, the harmonious growing of the bones. But it has nothing to deal with beauty. (And trust me I am a dental student, and sorry for my bad english, I am french)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663371578 Kristina Ward

    how bizarre

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1341932789 Belu Bel

    LOL, I’m sooo beautiful then, this is hilarious!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=522665716 Alice Stringer

    My faith in humanity has now plummeted to an all time low. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8205418 Amanda Hinski

    Ladies why are we upset? This is great news. This allows so many more body types and face shapes to be acceptable. Now you can have 3 eyes and still be beautiful! Have a toe coming out of your forehead? NO PROBLEM. Maybe you have utters like a cow instead of boobs. BEAUTIFUL.

    Point being, even if we were to choose to be superficial about how a person looks, none of these “tests” actually consider the full picture… and obviously not what really matters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607742063 Andrea Karan

    I’m pretty!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1052043198 Stephanie Higgins

    amen sistahh!!!
    also typo (“#thinso”): *#thinspo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000069252337 Germaine Trans

    I honestly don’t get what the writer is saying about angling her head…it doesn’t matter how you angle your head, it’s the same exact thing. She’s probably doing it wrong then

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555648384 Collin Danger Helmers

      @Germaine Trans – Oh my god thank you. I was moving my head all around touching my nose trying to figure out what the hell the author was talking about.

      • Gina Vaynshteyn

        Sorry, guys! This was me just being totally not funny!

    • KL InIdaho

      If you tilt your head the whole way back, gravity makes your lips flatter and then we are ugly, lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1664400405 Lindsay Stribling

    Just kiss your finger and all is well with the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=544289433 Alicia Elizabeth

    In my mind I compare this finger test thing more to planking or owling than to the thigh gap. It seems like just some bandwagon to jump on that results in a hilarious social media feed of people posting this picture. I could be wrong – it happens sometimes :O

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000168850686 Ashley Gipson

    I’m so confused

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468117585 Joycedale De Leon

    this is gold. lmao

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663302305 Fredlee Mittermair

    I have to severely squish my lips in order to allow my finger to rest comfortably on my chin and nose. Does this make me TOO beautiful?

  • Bob German

    Can we just go back to the bikini bridge?

  • KL InIdaho

    If I smile and laugh my lips can’t touch my finger. That means I am ugly when I smile and laugh, LOL!

  • Aibel Ugay

    Stupidity at its finest.

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