Before the 1990’s we didn’t have the Internet. I got my first computer in 1986 but it was crude by today’s standards and it didn’t have Internet connectivity.

As a result, information didn’t spread like wildfire like it does in today’s worldwide electronic community.

This era was also before Facebook… before online fashion magazines… and before it was possible for women to criticize other women online for the most insignificant reasons – or for no reasons at all.

Visible panty lines (VPL) were always there – and they were always visible. It’s just that nobody paid much attention to them in those days.

The origin of visible panty lines is interesting and I’ll bet that few people even know where VPL as “a thing” came from originally.

From Wikipedia

“The origin of the term is probably traced to barracks humor, the term VPL for ‘visible panty line’ as a mockery of overused bureaucratic initialisms, coined in an analogy with water line.

“The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English claims that the phrase was popularized by Woody Allen’s 1977 comedy film Annie Hall.”

So can we blame Woodie Allen for visible panty lines? Why not? He’s as good a target as anyone.

Fast forward to the 21st century and VPL is one of the greatest fashion crimes imaginable. How in the world did that happen?

Now that we live in the world of Photoshop, and especially how it applies to fashion, women are expected to look picture-perfect — including their backsides. We can’t have any of those faint panty lines showing – absolutely not! That would ruin the fantasy that women’s bodies are so perfect that not even their underwear peeks through.

If you ask me, this is mass hypnosis taken to the extreme. I can promise you that men – by and large – don’t give a hoot about panty lines. In fact, I would say just the opposite for most men who very likely enjoy seeing them.

It’s women looking to one-up other women who are causing all of this mass hysteria. Men don’t care and women shouldn’t either. Surely we have better things to worry about than VPL.

Original article by Julia Reece, Quora.com