The Internet’s New Body-Shaming Tactic Challenges Women To Be Thinner Than A Sheet Of Paper

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It’s called the “A4 Waist Challenge,” and it’s where women post photos of themselves comparing the width of their waists to the short side of a standard sheet of paper.

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How big is that you ask? Well, 8.3 inches, to be exact — a size that’s very, very small. The actual width of one’s waist may vary depending on body type, ribcage structure, etc., for a little perspective a US triple 0 measures 23 inches in circumference and that’s not a whole lot of leeway.

The challenge was spawned on Chinese social media site Weibo. This ridiculous A4 Challenge has already encouraged hundreds to share their own photos of sheets hiding their waists — which is yet another (pretty dark) way of body-shaming women without a teeny tiny waist. The trend has already started spreading to other Asian countries as well as the U.S.

Despite the ridiculousness of this challenge, lets be thankful that post-it notes are not being used!

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Not everyone is taking part in the challenge however. Some women are responding with their own, creative and slap-in-the-face A4 challenge photos!

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