First came the thigh gap. And then came the bikini bridge. And now we have the finger trap, a fad that is currently taking over Weibo (a very popular social media site in China). It’s also known as “Beauty and Ugliness Identification Method,” which is really just slapping a nice coat over a very ugly dress.
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.
From thigh gaps to “hot or not,” social media is full of evidence that we are all narcissistic monsters who are obsessed with incredibly bizarre ideas of what physical beauty means.
What is the finger trap and how does it “test” beauty? Well, it’s real simple. If you are able to place your index finger against your nose and have your lips touch that finger at the same time, you are beautiful. If your lips don’t make contact with your finger, you are ugly. Weibo is littered with photos of people (mostly women) who are posting pics of themselves taking the test, and now it’s starting to migrate over here. Of course, a lot of people see right through this finger trap business, which is promising.
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.
So the worst part about this so-called measurement of physical attractiveness (besides the fact that it makes approximately zero sense), is that the guidelines are real iffy. Can the finger be at an angle? Can you purse your lips to make contact? Do you have to use your index finger? It’s just a cornucopia of lies and confusion.
But the absolute best part about this test, and our solution to turning the finger trap into something positive, is one simple fact:
Everyone can make their finger touch their nose and mouth at the same time.
EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL.