This strange ‘vagina challenge’ taking over the internet can’t be unseen

As long as the internet exists, there will be people challenging one another to do dumb or silly things for the amusement of others. Such is the reason there is currently a trend of women filming themselves running toward their phones, nude or partially nude, and leaping onto the camera vagina first. Or, the “Vagina Challenge” as we’ll tentatively call it.

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The viral stunt started last month as the “Running Butthole Challenge,” which—much like the vagina challenge—has male and female participants exposing their bare anuses in a similar fashion.

According to KnowYourMeme, the challenge initially went viral on June 10 when adult film star Pierce Paris tweeted a video of himself attempting the challenge. (Although the earliest example may have been a June 5 variation in which a guy punches a camera before butt-slamming it with the caption: “I dm’d this girl and her boyfriend sent me this back.”)

“It Starts Here! Porn Industry Running Butthole Challenge!” Paris wrote. “Retweet and Tag what Performer you wanna see do it next!”

https://twitter.com/pierceparisxxx/status/1137944647521644544

It wasn’t long before the stunt gained widespread popularity, for obvious reasons. As far as body parts go, the butthole is indisputably the funniest. It’s where the poop comes out! An entire subreddit was soon devoted to the #RunningBholeChallege, as well as a “Running Butthole (+18)” Twitter account.

So it only makes perfect sense that the natural progression of the challenge would be to migrate to the vagina, since it is right there after all.

On Tuesday, Redditor dhanter posted to r/OutOfTheLoop, asking: “What’s up with videos of women jumping on cameras with their vaginas?”

What’s up with videos of women jumping on cameras with their vaginas? from OutOfTheLoop

The post linked to the below (extremely NSFW) tweet from Twitter user @yungmarccs earlier this week, featuring a video compilation of the vagina challenge, joking: “When girls see that I have a girlfriend.”

The video has since been viewed over 4.4 million times.

Although both the tweet and the Reddit post received their fair share of sexist backlash—because how dare women have fun with their bodies—at least a few people found it funny.

https://twitter.com/TimothyDeLaG/status/1150882470411288577

Others were just baffled:

https://twitter.com/Raganxo/status/1150790083194347520

https://twitter.com/jessatan_/status/1151059258328395776

https://twitter.com/IriexClari/status/1150814311473995776

It’s hard to imagine what internet challenges could top this, but since we’re only just over halfway into 2019 there is clearly still plenty of time. I have faith in us!

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Stacey Ritzen

Stacey Ritzen

Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.