Bonus Credit for Hairy Pits

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:53
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Breanne Fahs, a professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State, is awarding bonus credits to students who defy their proscribed gender role by growing or shaving their body hair (women will grow body hair and men shave it).

The results were immediate:

One female student told ASU News that cultivating a hairy existence was a “life-changing experience.” Friends were repulsed. Her anti-pervert-hairy-stockings-for-girlsmother was horrified. But she came away from the experience empowered by her newly politicized perception of grooming habits. “It definitely made me realize that if you’re not strictly adhering to socially prescribed gender roles, your body becomes a site for contestation and public opinion.”

According to [professor Breanne] Fahs, the “labor-intensive” assignment “gives men some insight into what women who shave go through.” The apparently torturous act of grooming is something women–guided by societal norms and media representations–are powerless to fight. Men must “go through” the same horrors to understand the plight of their female classmates because, Fahs says, “male students tend to adopt the attitude of, ‘I’m a man; I can do what I want.’” (One ape-like man, she told the ASU student newspaper, “did his shaving with a buck knife.”)

I love this experiment. Everyone should do a little gender bending and see how difficult it is to live outside societal norms and what it's like to be the other sex. So profound.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:36

I love hairy pit kitties....
Try being a man with a hairy body. Try being a man who doesn't want to wax or shave his back or butt or in this day and age his chest, his arms, his legs, his balls, his everything. 
I totally agree with this experiment but I find it hypocritical when I know that when it comes to male body hair women are just as douchey as many men are towards women... but  we never really discuss that.
Women want men to accept them as they are, but women do not accept men as they are.  
I would like to hear what other people have to say about this.


Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:46

My husband is entirely natural, no shaving or waxing for him, but he's also not particularly hirsute, so perhaps a bad example.

There seems to be a strong cultural element to this topic, varying from country to country and generation to generation, probably due to the increasing use of porn. The US has always seemed to place a great deal of emphasis on grooming.

Surely there's someone out there for everyone, however hairy or not?

To shave or not to shave

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:32

I think we tend to project our own ideologies onto peoples' grooming choices, so that our opinions say much more about us than they do about whatever practice we're discussing.

It's true that we're relentlessly propagandized to believe that whatever we naturally look like is unacceptable and must be continually altered, usually at considerable expense to us and profit to somebody else. Both genders get this pressure, but it falls most heavily on women. However, I'd argue that while women are heavily pressured, they're certainly not powerless. We need to try to sift through the propaganda and determine for ourselves where we're being influenced to want to look a certain way. Then we can make up our own minds about how we want to look, based on our genuine personal preferences.

By the way, I hope it wasn't the professor herself who called that hirsute male student 'ape-like'. Anyone with such a prejudicial opinion shouldn't be teaching a class on equality. 

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Sat, 07/12/2014 - 03:09
Miss Moonlight

I am a great fan of neat and tidy, so, personally I do not like this look. I think rather than encourage women to have hairy pits (or other bits come to that), my positive way forward would be to encourage men to shave their underarms.

In my view hairy armpits = BO!

Clean underarms for all

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 12:51

That's an interesting compromise, Miss Moonlight, and one that actually has a chance of catching on these days---not that it probably will, but it's practical in a way. I remember a boy in my high school class who shaved his legs and arms because he was a competitive swimmer on a swim club outside the school. This was several decades ago, and he was ridiculed and not treated with much understanding. Maybe in time we can let people make these choices for themselves, and realize that all of our judgements about hair concern something that's completely superficial and ought to be up to the individual.

I love natural n hairy women.

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:01
Jeffrey65802 (not verified)

I love natural n hairy women. Love how it looks, feels, smells, and tastes. Between a woman's legs a thick hairy vulva traps all the natural moisture and sweat better and smells really wonderful. But for the occasional hair on the tongue, which is so noticeable and distracting, hairy's better than smooth. Plus it draws the viewer's eyes to that area when standing nude. If smooth it's just the same 'monotone' color top to bottom. But a darker color of hair, or contrasting one on darker skinned lovlies, draws the eye to it. I don't blame porn for much, but it's hard to deny that smooth didn't become a thing until porn really became accessible in te US via VHS and VCRs. :)