REFUSE

Lately I have been thinking about/distracted by how women who chose not to shave and how the hairlessness norm both centre on the same word but with distinct pronunciations: REFUSE.

Body hair is seen as refuse, that is, as unwanted, superfluous, rubbish.

Women who do not shave refuse a pervasive societal norm.

Student Yasmin Gasimova recently occupied a serious volume of column inches by outing herself as a woman who refuses to label hair as refuse.

The original story appeared in student newspaper The Tab and soon grew.

Yasmin Gasimova who stopped shaving legs age 11 says she’s proud of thick

Daily Mail – ‎May 27, 2015‎
A university student with excess body hair has shared pictures of her unshaven physique after writing a personal essay about being hirsute. Yasmin Gasimova, 19, from Reading, unveiled pictures of her legs, chin and stomach online and says that after years …

Meet the female student who has no plans to shave her body hair

Telegraph.co.uk – ‎May 27, 2015‎
This female Philosophy and Computer Science student has bravely bared her soul and her legs in a blog post, detailling how she no longer feels the need to shave. She said “being hairy isn’t scary”, showing off the downy hair on her belly, legs and under her …

‘I’m Hairy Not Scary’: Meet the female student who is proud to bare her body hair

Scottish Daily Record – ‎May 27, 2015‎
YASMIN Gasimova might remove her natural beard – but her belly, leg and underarm hair are here to stay as she unashamedly tells people: “Being hairy isn’t scary”. Share; Share; Tweet; +1. SWNS. Yasmin doesn’t shave her body hair and refuses to start.

‘Being hairy isn’t scary’: Meet the female student who refuses to shave her body

Mirror.co.uk – ‎May 27, 2015‎
A female university student has revealed a secret that’s set to divide opinion – she doesn’t shave her body hair. Yasmin Gasimova bared all her hair in a blog post, and even showed off her downy black belly hair in a series of pictures. The 19-year-old from …

Student Yasmin says she’s hairy and she doesn’t care – and neither should you

Gloucestershire Echo – ‎May 27, 2015‎
Student Yasmin Gasimova, who studies at Liverpool University has written for student newspaper The Tab about how she doesn’t shave her body hair. And that she does pluck her eyebrows but only gets rid of the hair growing on her face when she can be …

Liverpool student reveals why she stopped shaving at the age of 11

Liverpool Echo – ‎May 27, 2015‎
A Liverpool University student has revealed she stopped shaving when she was 11 and has no plans to become hair-free any time soon. Yasmin Gasimova, 19, studies Computer Science and Philosophy and admits while she was a schoolgirl she would …

Hairy isn’t scary: Brave university student pens blog post revealing thick BODY

Express.co.uk – ‎May 27, 2015‎
MEET the female university student who has revealed a secret that is set to divide opinion – she doesn’t shave her BODY HAIR. By Rebecca Perring Rebecca Perring. PUBLISHED: 17:34, Wed, May 27, 2015 | UPDATED: 17:43, Wed, May 27, 2015.

Female Student Sparks Debate With ‘I Don’t Shave’ Essay

ABC News – ‎May 29, 2015‎
A UK student has worked online readers into a lather, after writing about her refusal to shave her body hair and perpetuate what she described as “unfair expectations of women.” In an essay that appeared in the The Tab Liverpool, titled, “I Don’t Shave and I’m …

She doesn’t shave and has no problem meeting guys

New York Post – ‎May 29, 2015‎
A Liverpool University student has taken the Internet by storm this week after challenging taboos on sexuality and gender. Yasmin Gasimova took to a blog to share photos of her hairy armpits, bushy legs and furry stomach. Modal Trigger …

She has body hair and doesn’t care. Source: Facebook

NEWS.com.au – ‎May 29, 2015‎
A LIVERPOOL University student has taken the internet by storm this week after challenging taboos on sexuality and gender. Yasmin Gasimova took to a blog to share photos of her hairy armpits, bushy legs and furry stomach. The 19-year-old, who is Turkic in …

Liverpool’s Hairy student Yasmin bombarded by Facebook friend requests from

Daily Times – ‎May 28, 2015‎
LIVERPOOL – Liverpool University student Yasmin whose unshaven photos went viral has been bombarded with friend requests on Facebook from men. Brave Yasmin Gasimova showed off her body yesterday, revealing hairy legs, armpits and belly hair as …

Yasmin Gasimova: Eight hairy celebs giving the ‘Hairy Student’ a run for her money

Mirror.co.uk – ‎May 28, 2015‎
University student Yasmin Gasimova insists ‘being hairy isn’t scary’ – but it seems celebs aren’t scared to ditch the razor from time to time either… Share; Share; Tweet; +1. SWNS Yasmin Gasimova, a 19-year-old student from Reading, says the only. Confident …

Meet the female student who refuses to shave her body hair

The Standard Digital News (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog) – ‎May 28, 2015‎
Liverpool: A female university student has revealed a secret that’s set to divide opinion – she doesn’t shave her body hair. Yasmin Gasimova bared all her hair in a blog post, and even showed off her downy black belly hair in a series of pictures.

Yasmin Gasimova who stopped shaving her legs at 11 says she has NO trouble

Daily Mail – ‎May 28, 2015‎
A university student who wrote a personal essay and shared photographs of herself revealing her excessive body hair has said she doesn’t struggle to attract male attention. Yasmin Gasimova, 19, has had a number of long-term relationships despite her …

‘Hairy student’ Yasmin Gasimova says being unshaven all over doesn’t stop men

Mirror.co.uk – ‎May 28, 2015‎
A university student has revealed how going unshaven across her entire body has not stopped men from fancying her. Yasmin Gasimova said that although she has hair on her legs, armpits and belly she attracts male attention. Yasmin, 19, revealed that she …

Yasmin Gasimova: The student refusing to shave her body hair

Metro – ‎May 28, 2015‎
Meet the 19-year-old student shrugging off stereotypical standards of beauty by not shaving, because, you know, it’s HER body and she can do what the hell she wants with it. Yasmin Gasimova is currently in her first year at Liverpool University and has just …

This Woman Doesn’t Care If You Hate Her Body Hair

Refinery29 – ‎May 31, 2015‎
Liverpool University student Yasmin Gasimova started an internet firestorm this week when she penned a simple but bold essay about why she doesn’t shave her body hair, Cosmopolitan reports. In a piece originally written for her school paper very clearly …

Woman Writes Essay About Why She Doesn’t Shave, Internet Goes Ballistic

Cosmopolitan.com (blog) – ‎May 31, 2015‎
Yasmin Gasimova, 19, a student at the U.K.’s Liverpool University, penned a moving essay about why she doesn’t shave her body hair. She begins with saying that she started shaving when she was 10 years old because boys made fun of her body hair.

She Decided to Stop Shaving Her Body Hair. Then She Posted the Pictures

The Epoch Times – ‎May 31, 2015‎
A female college student has made waves after announcing that she rarely shaves her body hair and then posts pictures of the result. (Yasmin Gasimova). Yasmin Gasimova, a student at Liverpool University, wrote an article titled “I Don’t Shave And I’m Not …

Celebrity Inspired Female Body Hair…Beginning Of a Trend?

Breitbart News – ‎May 29, 2015‎
Are women held to unrealistic standards, as opposed to men, regarding shaving all their body hair? Is feminine body hair scary and unattractive? Liverpool University student Yasmin Gasimova certainly does not think so, as she recently described the …

Yasmin Gasimova: ‘I haven’t shaved in 8 years but I still meet hot guys’

scallywagandvagabond – ‎May 29, 2015‎
Yasmin Gasimova a 19 year old Reading, UK student has embraced her body hair in a personal essay, extolling that her disregard for her appearances has demonstrated her ability to retain her femininity. In a revealing behind the scenes look the computer …

Teen quits shaving, challenges ‘gender taboo’

Yahoo7 News – ‎May 29, 2015‎
The 19-year-old used a blogto share photos of her armpits, legs and stomach – all with hair. Ms Gasimova said she didn’t remember a time when she didn’t have body hair. Bomb threat at FIFA congress · Bride was ‘in’ on the surprise · Is this the best yearbook …

College Student Yasmin Gasimova Quit Shaving at Age 11, Because There’s

Bustle – ‎May 28, 2015‎
We could all learn something from 19-year old Yasmin Gasimova — the computer science major at Liverpool University recently published a piece to her student newspaper’s blog chronicling her decision to quit regularly shaving at the age of 11. ELEVEN.

‘Body hair is NOT dirty’: Female student posts snaps of fuzzy chin and bushy pits

Daily Star – ‎May 28, 2015‎
A UNI student who stopped shaving her legs age 11 says sprouting thick black hair is the ‘reality of being a woman’. By Laura Mitchell / Published 28th May 2015. Woman with hairy armpits HAIRY: Yasmin is proud of her hairy body [SWNS ].

Bravo! Hairy girl’s unshaven pictures go viral on social media

News Nation – ‎May 28, 2015‎
Yasmin Gasimova, a student from Liverpool University, has created a buzz in social media with her hairy, unshaven pictures that have gone viral. Yasmin is bombarded with friend requests by men on Facebook ever since her pictures went viral online.

Why Has Student Yasmin Gasimova’s Body Hair Post Attracted So Much Attention?

Yahoo Lifestyle UK – ‎May 28, 2015‎
In a post Madonna and Miley Cyrus world, you’d have thought the world might be over the whole “body hair on women” thing by now. But apparently not. A pretty university student has taken the internet by storm this week by posting about her decision to quit …
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