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Merry Easter! As an not particularly religious adult and with no children, I volunteered for weekend blogging duty this Sunday. It appears to be a quiet news day. So, while my editor and I await noteworthy occurrences, and many of you are entertaining yourselves by painting eggs, participating in egg hunts, or engaging in various egg-related activities, let me introduce you to the concept of Egg Math.

The notion of Egg Math went viral online last year, and it has lingered in my mind ever since. According to a famed TikToker @vancouver.dieticians elaborated in a viral video, “Egg Math” posits that the number of eggs one can consume before feeling disgusted relies on the egg’s form. For instance, you may find it easy to consume a three-egg omelet, but consuming three whole hard-boiled eggs or three fried eggs could be challenging. As per Egg Math, baked goods do not count as eggs. “You may have as many as you desire.” Similarly, in the second part of the series, they clarify that there are no limits to enjoying deviled eggs. This notion has resonated widely; @vancouver.dieticians received over a million likes across the two videos.

@vancouver.dietitians

Hopefully, this resonates with the appropriate egg enthusiasts 😅🙋🏽‍♀️ #eggmath #girlmath #eggs

♬ original sound – Vancouver Dietitians

It’s worth noting that Egg Math is not entirely arbitrary. For those unfamiliar with TikTok, Egg Math is somewhat derived from a prevalent and, in my perspective, exasperating counterpart: “Girl Math.”

On TikTok, Girl Math pertains mostly to shopping, fashion, personal grooming, cosmetics, Starbucks visits, and other activities stereotypically associated with women. As elucidated by a TikTok user in a video that has garnered over 2.5 million likes, in Girl Math, anything purchased with cash is considered cost-free. “Since the money isn’t in my bank account, I don’t see a decrease in my funds,” she explains. A similar mentality is applied to items returned to stores—this is considered free money. Prepaid vacations are perceived as “free” if booked well in advance. A $24 item is apparently only $20, store credits are dubbed “free shopping,” and reloading your Starbucks app with money on a Monday translates to a “free” latte on Tuesday.

Despite being someone who adores shopping, applies makeup daily, and relishes pumpkin spice lattes, Girl Math elicits several grievances from me. Firstly, it perpetuates the notion that women are financially less competent than men. (A belief that historically barred women from being able to own property or independently obtain credit cards.) Most of TikTok’s Girl Math proponents are not making prudent financial choices. Secondly, it is demeaning (Why are grown women still referred to as “girls”?) and implies that women’s interests are confined to…purchasing goods. I am a woman who enjoys science, weightlifting, and reading. Are these not also considered “girl” activities?

Egg Math did not emerge in isolation. Following Girl Math, a variety of “maths” emerged, including Boy Math (related to drinking, sports, cars, and so forth), Cat Math, Dog Math, Nurse Math, Teacher Math—the list goes on. Some of these are admittedly humorous, albeit simplistic (As one user remarked, “Boy math involves desiring a prenuptial agreement & earning $45k.”), whereas others lack a mathematical basis altogether. (Per Dog Math, “If the doorbell rings, the house is on fire.”) This leads me to the conclusion that Egg Math is the only TikTok math that truly involves mathematics.

Anyhow, that wraps up my Easter Sunday reflection. Enjoy those eggs. And please, no more Girl Math for the sake of all that’s good in Sephora.