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Student presents thesis in her underwear to protest professor’s comment about her jean shorts

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It's a nightmare for most: dreaming that you're presenting in front of an audience wearing nothing but your underwear. For Cornell University senior Letitia Chai- it became a reality.

On Saturday, Chai presented stripped down to present her senior thesis in her bra and undies. 

While it may come as a shock to most, it  wasn't a surprise to anyone in the room or those watching on Facebook Live. Chai tells the New York Post the decision came after a comment made by her professor, Rebekah Maggor, during the test run of her presentation. Chai says that Maggor questioned whether the denim cutoff shorts Chai was wearing during a test run of the presentation were too short. 

“The first thing that the professor said to me was ‘is that really what you would wear?’” Chai explained to the Cornell Sun.

Chai said that Maggor went on to say that her shorts were “too short” and that as a speaker she was making a “statement” with the clothes she was wearing.

According to a course syllabus obtained by The Sun, the class does not have a formalized dress code.

The Sun reports that Maggor apologized to Chai after class, and acknowledged that "the notion of the 'short shorts' on women carries a lot of cultural and political baggage."

At that point, Chai knew what she wanted to do. 

That night, she wrote a Facebook post about the incident, inviting the public to her presentation and asking them to wear their favorite underwear, “in solidarity with anyone who has been asked to change how they look to make other people feel more comfortable.”

Her professor told The Sun that she doesn’t tell her students what to wear or what is appropriate dress, but “I ask them to reflect for themselves and make their own decisions.”

In the video, Chai said she stood with people who have been asked to “question themselves” based on people’s perception of their appearance, while holding back tears.

Then she stripped to her bra and underwear, and about 28 of the 44 people in the room joined her.

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