Camel toe

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For the comedy album by The Bob & Tom Show, see Camel Toe (album).
A camel toe
The "camel toe" is named for its resemblance to the forefoot of a camel.

Camel toe or cameltoe is a slang term that refers to the outline of a human female's labia majora, as seen through tightly fitting clothes.[1][2] Due to a combination of anatomical factors and the tightness of the fabric covering it, the crotch and mons pubis may take on a resemblance to the forefoot of a camel.

The causes of the camel toe effect are not always obvious.[3][4] Camel toe commonly occurs as a result of wearing tight fitting clothes, such as shorts, hotpants or swimwear[4] – particularly when the labia majora are hairless and the pubic hair cannot help to mask the underlying shape of the mons.

Some fashion analysts have identified clothing design as a cause, rather than the size of the labia majora. The phenomenon may be intensified by garments with a tight central seam that serves to divide the labia majora.[5][6]

Uncleft "bulges" are more often visible. The degree to which a woman's mons pubis protrudes depends on a number of factors, including body weight, distribution of adipose tissue and genetic variation in anatomy.[7]

In men, the equivalent to "camel toe" is male organs showing through clothes at the crotch, which has been referred to as a "moose knuckle".[8]

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  1. ^ Mansour, David (2005). From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century. ISBN 0-7407-5118-2. 
  2. ^ Freeman, Hadley (27 November 2007). "Miaow! Today's pop princesses do love their catsuits.". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-12-08. ... let's just say the words 'crotch outline' and let that suffice. 
  3. ^ "Cameltoe Alert". 23 May 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  4. ^ a b Sanneh, Kelefah (23 May 2003). "Fashion Tip in Rap for Brooklyn Girls.". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-03. Cameltoe is slang for a fashion faux pas caused by women wearing snug pants; the term suggests a visual analogy. 
  5. ^ Anatomy of a Camel toe, part 1. "Most of the time, camel toe is rarely the extreme you see on certain websites; it's more subtle than that. Most of the time, camel toe is caused by wearing pants that are too big—in one specific area—making a reciprocal area too small. It's an engineering problem, not a weight problem. In fact, here's a skinny mannequin. If she's got a camel toe, everyone else will too." Fashion Incubator, 21 April 2006.
  6. ^ Anatomy of a Camel toe, part 2. Fashion Incubator, 21 April 2006.
  7. ^ Morris, Desmond (1999). The Naked Ape. New York: Dell. p. 58. ISBN 0-385-33430-3. 
  8. ^ Games, Alex (2007). Balderdash & piffle : one sandwich short of a dog's dinner. London: BBC. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-84607-235-2. 

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