Let's face it: No one wants to put on their Facebook status or scream out loud from the rooftops something like "Oh boy, my chafing is really bad today". And why's that? Because it's commonly associated with a self-induced scourge caused by not being fit, being too sweaty and too overweight. But that's just not right at all! In fact, it's totally and ludicrously wrong!
Indeed, members of the 'chub rub club' come in every shape, size, age, gender, occupation, past-time and activity level. Unfortunately, it's just one of those things that some of our bodies do. It may be annoying, but it's normal. It is certainly uncomfortable, but it's common. Triathletes and IT helpdesk staff suffer from the same chafing. Mums and Dads suffer from chafing. Grandmas and newborn-babies suffer from chafing. Where there's skin to skin, or skin to fabric, there's chafing.
Need evidence? Here are some people who most definitely suffer from chafing, and you may never have realised it (and if you don't believe us, look it up for yourself!)
Ever heard of a professional male runner putting a Band Aid over each nipple prior to a long-distance race? That kind of person is very aware about the negative effect that clothing friction has on his body, and has most likely taken measures to prevent chub rub too.
2. Muscle-y men
But while a distance runner is unlikely to have massive thighs, even modestly built-up muscles can be the difference between 'chafe' and 'non chafe'. You'll find that body builders and weight lifters might get chafe rather easily, as their thick thighs rub together.
3. Short skirt-y women
The notion that women with 'thunder thighs' deserve their chafing affliction is totally ridiculous - because the truth is that anyone in a skirt, whether male or female, will have a story or two to tell you about thigh chafing. Especially in summer.
Celebrities?! Surely not?! You'd better believe it. If you don't believe us, you can start reading right now about how Beyonce has spoken about chafing, as has Amy Schumer. And just a few years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow said she would never again attend the Met Gala because it was "boiling" and "un-fun". Yep, chafing is also for the rich and famous!
Do we really need to tell you that mums are superheroes? Well, consider this: chafing is common among those who have loose or excess skin, and unfortunately many of them hear "Mum! Mum! Mum!" constantly throughout the day and night. Running around and taking care of the children is no easy task, so don't be surprised if that mum is dealing with chafing legs.
6. Those with sensitive skin
As we hope we've demonstrated, thigh (and other body parts) size really isn't the only way you're going to chafe - far from it. Some people simply chafe - it's just a part of life. Cyclists, swimmers, those sensitive to the heat, sensitive to fabrics, sensitive to sweat, sensitive to humidity, those who hang out in and around sand: They all may be masking a silent struggle with the chafe.
That's right: If you work out, you wear tight or poorly fitted clothing, you sweat, you walk, you sit, you breathe, or you're a human being, chafing truly is a universal phenomenon. So while you probably won't scream and shout too publicly about your membership of the 'rub club', there's no need to be ashamed about it, either - and, mercifully, there's plenty you can do about it, too.