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New ‘Waist Challenge’, Another Ridiculous Trend Sweeping Social Media

It either inspires fitness goals or promotes body shaming.

These days, people can easily come up with the so-called social media challenges. Some of them can be fun while others are downright stupid, just like the recent Tide Pod challenge and the hot coil challenge — both of which are harmful to those who attempt at doing them.

Now, there’s a new social media craze so-called the “waist challenge,” which involves couples and lets women show off their tiny figure. Uploaded on Facebook, the new challenge has garnered over 13,000 shares as of this writing.

The new "waist challenge" needs to be done by two people.

A man should put his arm around a woman’s waist and drink from a glass, cup or mug from that side of the arm. That means, if she has a tiny waistline, it would be easy for the guy to drink from the glass. On the other hand, if the man can’t successfully drink from the glass, he tries hard by changing the type of glass until it makes it possible for him to take a sip of the beverage.

A woman with a smaller waist makes the challenge easier for the man.

It remains to be seen how this challenge started.

It’s still unclear who and how this new craze started but as expected, the people are somehow divided by what they saw. Some people see it as a motivation for them to lose weight.

Others think it’s another one of the many stupid challenges on social media that sends the wrong message to young people by promoting body shaming and eating disorders.

One Facebook user wrote:

“Eyeroll. I hope any young girls watching these videos don’t feel less just because somebody can’t do this to them”

Another one writes:

“Because women should really starve themselves in order for their ‘man’ to be able to do something as useless as this. Sure. And women don’t have enough to worry about, now they have to be as thin as a 13-year-old girl?
Piss off!”

The waist challenge is reminiscent of another craze of the same nature, called “A4 waist challenge,” which started in China.

The A4 waist challenge was received negatively by people.

This challenge involves women taking a photo of themselves while holding a sheet of A4 paper in front (or back) of their torso. As reported by BBC in 2016, the participants “‘win’ if the paper entirely obscures their waist.”

Watch the video on the new waist challenge below.

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This is totally normal, but it would be better to arm yourself with helpful knowledge beforehand so you can avoid offensive practices while staying in another country. To keep yourself in good graces of the locals, avoid doing these things that are considered rude in other countries.

Don't give tips in Japan

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It's truly a sign of the times. Nearly half of the people in Iran now believe that wearing the traditional hijab should be a individual's prerogative, according to a study released by President Rouhani. The study emphasizes how the public's attitude towards the mandatory Islamic dress codes has changed in the past decade.

The study, which covers data from 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2014, shows an increasing public distaste towards the mandatory wearing of the hijab. The publication of the study came just days after dozens of women have been arrested, who were protesting against the obligatory covering of the head which is a main practice in Islam.

An unidentified woman stood bravely on top of a concrete box without her hijab as she waves a white scarf in silent protest against the mandatory head covering.

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‘World’s Loneliest Bird’ Found Dead Next to Concrete Bird He Wooed for Years

RIP, Nigel the gannet.

For years, the 'world's loneliest bird' persevered to woo his rather stone-cold love interest. Nigel, a gannet, showed up on Mana Island in New Zealand in 2015, where he met the apple of his eye. The only problem was that his potential mate was made of concrete.

Some 20 years ago, conservationists in New Zealand planted 80 fake gannet birds on the island as part of their efforts to attract real gannets. Nigel was the only one to show up after many years, and he was the first gannet to make Mana his home in 40 years.

Every day since his arrival on the island, Nigel wooed his potential partner.

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