Breanne Fahs, an associate professor of women and gender studies at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, is offering female students extra credit if they do not shave their legs and underarms for ten weeks.
The female students must also write a journal to record their non-shaving experiences.
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Male students can also get extra credit if they shave all their body hair from the neck down for ten weeks, noted Campus Reform.
“There’s no better way to learn about societal norms than to violate them and see how people react,” Fahs told ASU News. “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.”
“It’s interesting how peer pressure within the class can create a new norm,” added Fahs. “When practically all of the students are participating, they develop a sense of community and enjoy engaging in an act of rebellion together.”
According to Fahs, the women who stop shaving are concerned about what their romantic partner will think, while men are more concerned about what other men think.
“One of my dearest [male] friends, at the time, compared my underarm 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 societym," said student Grace Scale.
Sources: Campus Reform and ASU News