Would you have been willing to throw away your razor and avoid the wax to earn extra credit at school?
A university professor in the US is offering her female students the chance to do just that if they avoid shaving their legs and underarms for 10 weeks.
Not to be left out, male students taking part in the course can also participate if they’re willing to shave all body hair from their neck down.
Associate Professor of women and gender studies, Breanne Fahs says the experiment can be a real eye opener for students.
“There’s no better way to learn about societal norms than to violate them and see how people react,” she says.
“There’s really no reason why the choice to shave, or not, should be a big deal.
“But it is, as the students tend to find out quickly.”
So what do the students learn from the hairy experience?
According to student Grace Scale, the experiment wasn’t well received from her male counterparts.
“One of my dearest friends – at the time – compared my hair to ‘the sludge in the bottom of the garbage can’, and continued on a rant about how growing body hair had a direct correlation to challenging men’s authority and position in society.”
For classmate Stephanie Robinson, the distaste in her arm hair went even further.
“Many of my friends didn’t want to work out next to me or hear about the assignment, and my mother was distraught at the idea that I would be getting married in a white dress with armpit hair,” she says.
“I also noticed the looks on faces of strangers and people around campus who seemed utterly disgusted by my body hair.”
Fahs says that while the act of rebellion isn’t quite the same for the guys, the labor-intensive process gives them insight into what women who shave go through.
The project has been so well received, other universities are also looking at trialling the experiment.
So our question is, would you have been so willing when you were studying?