University student strips down to underwear in thesis presentation

Cornell University student Letitia Chai got down to her bra and underwear in the presentation.
Cornell University student Letitia Chai got down to her bra and underwear in the presentation. Photo credit: Facebook/LChai Thesis

An American University student has stripped down to her underwear to present her thesis in a protest against her professor.

Cornell University student Letitia Chai got down to her bra and underwear in the presentation in a bid to fight  "oppressive beliefs", The Daily Mail reports.

Ms Chai claims her Acting in Public professor Rebekah Maggor told her while she was doing a practice run of her presentation her shorts were too short.

"The first thing that the professor said to me was "is that really what you would wear?" Ms Chai said.

"Your shorts are too short," Ms Chai claims Ms Maggor said. 

"The professor proceeded to tell me, in front of my whole class, that I was inviting the male gaze away from the content of my presentation and onto my body. She said I was making a statement by wearing my outfit. 

"I told her that I sure as hell wouldn't change my statement to make her or anyone else feel more comfortable."

Ms Maggor reportedly told local media the Cornell Sun "I do not tell my students what to wear, nor do I define for them what constitutes appropriate dress.

"I ask them to reflect for themselves and make their own decisions."  

Ms Chai posted her speech on Facebook and has gained hundreds of likes. 

Since then 11 of the 14 students in the class issued a statement saying her comments didn't accurately reflect what Ms Maggor said. 

The statement said Ms Maggor's comment had an "error in phrasing" but the main point was to acknowledge "the importance of professionalism in certain public speaking situations". 

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