By ROSIE WATERLAND
Well, that’s it. We’ve reached the end. We have now so thoroughly scrutinised every possible thing that could possibly be wrong with a woman’s body, that we’ve run out of things.
The next logical step? Well, obviously, we’ve moved on to non-things. And when I say ‘non-things’ I mean things that aren’t really there. And when I say things that ‘aren’t really there’, I don’t mean it in a ‘it’s all in your head’ kind of way. I mean it in a ‘WE HAVE LITERALLY MOVED ON TO SCRUTINISING PARTS OF OURSELVES THAT ARE NOT REALLY THERE. LITERALLY.’
Specifically, I’m talking about the ‘box gap’. Fun fact: The box gap is the area between a woman’s thighs, where – if she just works hard enough – air will eventually flow through unimpeded by any of that pesky leg. Apparently, if done successfully, this gap between the thighs will be shaped like a box. Hence the lovely term ‘box gap’. (I’ve also heard it got it’s name from being the gap right below a lady’s – ahem – box, but my detailed and important research suggests that the exact origin of the term is up for debate.)
So that’s where we’re at, people. The quest for perfection now includes the air around our bodies. How dare a woman let the area between her knees and her lady-parts block the otherwise free flow of oxygen (you know, with thighs)?
This trend has been around for a while. I was determined not to talk about it because I felt certain it would disappear just like the upper-leg muscle it gets a hold of. I was certain when women got wind of it, it would be laughed into the saddest and seediest corners of the interwebs. For example:
(FYI: Here at Mamamia we get that this photo may not exactly be suitable for work, but we also get that you probably want to check out the box gap situation under those black squares. So we’re happy to provide you with a link to the UNCENSORED version of this photo. It’s basically just a bunch of g-strings, but still: Click if you dare.)