The Reading / Listening - Body Hair - Level 4

A TV advert for a razor has created great debate online. It shows women shaving real body hair. This seems to be an everyday thing and nothing special. However, it is the first time on U.S. TV for an ad to show real body hair being shaved. For decades, razor company ads showed women shaving very smooth legs. There was never any hair. It gave the false image that women have hairless bodies. The new ad, by the razor brand Billie, corrected this.



Billie's ad is the first in 100 years to show women with body hair. It showed women shaving hair from their toes, stomachs and armpits. Billie co-founder Georgina Gooley said she was shocked at how ads show women with perfectly smooth bodies. She said: "When brands pretend that all women have hairless bodies, it's a version of body-shaming." She added: "Shaving is a personal choice, and no one should be telling women what to do with their hair."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Body Hair - Level 5 or  Body Hair - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44669002
  • https://www.teenvogue.com/story/billies-new-razor-campaign-shows-off-body-hair
  • https://www.elitedaily.com/p/billies-new-shaving-campaign-is-the-first-to-feature-actual-body-hair-in-its-ads-9592567


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A TV advert
  2. created great debate
  3. It shows women shaving
  4. This seems to be an
  5. nothing
  6. it is the first
  7. real body hair
  8. For
  1. real body hair
  2. decades
  3. special
  4. being shaved
  5. for a razor
  6. everyday thing
  7. time on U.S. TV
  8. online

Paragraph 2

  1. Billie's ad is the first
  2. stomachs and
  3. Gooley said she was
  4. perfectly smooth
  5. it's a version
  6. Shaving is a personal
  7. no one should
  8. what to do
  1. shocked
  2. with their hair
  3. of body-shaming
  4. armpits
  5. be telling women
  6. bodies
  7. in 100 years
  8. choice

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A TV advert (1) ___________________ has created great debate online. It shows women shaving real body hair. This seems to be (2) ___________________ and nothing special. However, it is the first time on U.S. TV for an ad to show real body (3) ___________________. For decades, razor company ads showed women shaving (4) ___________________. There was never any hair. It gave (5) ___________________ that women have hairless bodies. The new ad, by (6) ___________________ Billie, corrected this.

Billie's ad is the first (7) ___________________ to show women with body hair. It showed women shaving hair from their toes, (8) ___________________. Billie co-founder Georgina Gooley said she was shocked at how ads show women (9) ___________________ bodies. She said: "When brands pretend that all women (10) ___________________, it's a version of body-shaming." She added: "Shaving is (11) ___________________, and no one should be telling women what to do (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ATVadvertforarazorhascreatedgreatdebateonline.Itshowswomens
havingrealbodyhair.Thisseemstobeaneverydaythingandnothingspe
cial.However,itisthefirsttimeonU.S.TVforanadtoshowrealbodyhairb
eingshaved.Fordecades,razorcompanyadsshowedwomenshavingv
erysmoothlegs.Therewasneveranyhair.Itgavethefalseimagethatwo
menhavehairlessbodies.Thenewad,bytherazorbrandBillie,corrected
this.Billie'sadisthefirstin100yearstoshowwomenwithbodyhair.Itsho
wedwomenshavinghairfromtheirtoes,stomachsandarmpits.Billieco-
founderGeorginaGooleysaidshewasshockedathowadsshowwomen
withperfectlysmoothbodies.Shesaid:"Whenbrandspretendthatallw
omenhavehairlessbodies,it'saversionofbody-shaming."Sheadde
d:"Shavingisapersonalchoice,andnooneshouldbetellingwomenwhat
todowiththeirhair."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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