Exploring the Relationship Between Women’s Body Hair Removal Practices and a Culture of Pedophilia
Patresa G. Linehan
Human body hair removal has been practiced around the world for centuries. In many cultures, such as ancient Rome, hairlessness was seen as a trend in upper class society to show their status. Hairlessness has been linked in previous studies to connect a feeling of cleanliness, increased beauty, and sexual desirability among many other reasonings for body hair removal. The first purpose of the study is to explore attitudes and practices of body hair removal in college aged (18-22 years) women. The second purpose of the study is to explore if participants believe in a culture that sexualizes their bodies through a hairless beauty standard that is similar to the bodies of prepubescent children. The final purpose is to explore the relationship between women’s body hair removal practices and a culture of pedophilia. The data collected are on the views and practices of the participants. The participants are University of Dayton students aged 18-22, who identify as women. The method used is an anonymous survey sent out to students in predominantly female organizations and groups on campus. This research is important to sociological study because the findings shed light on various ideas and structures relating to what forms our identities, and therefore shapes our interactions in the social world.
Anya M. Galli Robertson, Leslie H. Picca
Primary Advisor's Department
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Gender Equality; Reduced Inequalities
"Exploring the Relationship Between Women’s Body Hair Removal Practices and a Culture of Pedophilia" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2612.