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By Eve

LifeBuzz Staff

The ‘Panty Challenge’ Is The Latest Social Media Trend You Should Ignore.

The Internet has given us a lot of great things, including collective efforts to raise awareness about important issues via hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter and #YesAllWomen. It has also made us audience to new kind of advocacy, one that comes with hashtags like the #IceBucketChallenge, which raised awareness for those with ALS. All things considered, hashtag campaigns are a great way to share information on important issues in an easily shareable and digestible way.

That being said, not all hashtag challenges or campaigns hit the mark.

The newest on, the #PantyChallenge, is growing in popularity -- but the impetus behind it is pretty disturbing. So, what could be inspiring women to take pictures of the inside of their underwear and post them to social media at the end of the day? Well, the answer isn't exactly great, but luckily, women are responding in the best possible way. Learn all about the #PantyChallenge and how people are reacting to it in the story below.

This is the newest, a possibly most disturbing challenge to ever hit the Internet.

It's a far cry from the cinnamon challenge or the ice bucket challenge: It's called the panty challenge, and the idea is that women take photos of their underwear at the end of the day to prove there's no discharge inside.

This is the newest, a possibly most disturbing challenge to ever hit the Internet.

Women are posting these photos to social media with the hashtage #pantychallenge.

In an effort to prove that their underwear are completely dry and therefore somehow superior, women are taking pictures like this and sharing them online.

Women are posting these photos to social media with the hashtage #pantychallenge.

#pantychallenge / Instagram

There's one obvious problem with this challenge, of course.

Discharge from vaginas is completely normal, happens to everyone, and is in no way an indicator of bad health or hygiene. In fact, it would be odd for a vagina to remain completely dry throughout the day.

There's one obvious problem with this challenge, of course.

#pantychallenge / Instagram

Luckily, plenty of women are clapping back at this ridiculous challenge.

The hashtag has been criticized as reflecting the misogyny and body shame that runs rampant in our culture. Women have commandeered it to spread awareness about the realities of living with a vagina, as well as made some pretty entertaining jokes at the expense of those participating.

Luckily, plenty of women are clapping back at this ridiculous challenge.

And some have even put an artful spin on their criticism.

The truth is, the panty challenge perpetuates harmful ideas about what vaginas should and should not be like. Instead of paying attention to those participating, it's probably better to take note of the commentary against it -- that's where the real victory lies.

And some have even put an artful spin on their criticism.

#pantychallenge / Instagram

Next, underwear mistakes you are probably making.

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