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The Hairy Legs Club refers to an online community, especially active on Tumblr which encourages women to feel comfortable making the choice not to shave their legs by posting pictures of their unshaved legs.
On May 2nd, 2010, the Tumblr blog HairyLegsClub was created. The blog features photos of womens’ unshaved legs, gathered through user submissions. The blog features a disclaimer which reads:
“This is a POSITIVE space. This means that any negative messages or images will not be posted, and the users submitting them will be blocked. If you seriously have nothing better to do than insult people who are confident enough in their bodies to post images of them on the internet, then you need to find a productive hobby. Seriously. Nobody made you come to this page and look at the pictures. Get a life.”
On May 3rd, 2012, the Tumblr blog VeryHairyLegs, which also posts photos of women with unshaved legs, was created. On July 4th, 2014, Jezebel published an article titled “University Professor Gives Extra Credit to Women Who Don’t Shave,” which reported that Breanne Fahs, a professor at the University of Arizona, was giving extra credit to female students who refrained from shaving their arm pits or legs for ten weeks and recorded their experience. The article sparked a renewed interest in the hairy legs Tumblr blogs by the online media. On July 15th, 2014, several websites, including Bustle, The Telegraph and YahooLifestyle reported on the movement and the two Tumblr blogs. As of July 2014, the Facebook group WANG (Women Against Non-essential Grooming) has gained over 7,000 members.
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