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Mon., March 23, 2009, 3:23 a.m.

The Depilatory Wasteland…

David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)
David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

The New Jersey Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling recently attempted to pass a law which would prohibit Brazilian Waxing after several women filed complaints of infections caused by this hair removal procedure. Consumer Affairs informed them they could not go along with this prohibition, thus sparing a legion of New Jersey girls looking ahead to bikini season and a host of salon owners who said the ban could kill as much as 90 percent of their business.

Thus we begin to delve deeply into the world of feminine hair removal or lack thereof, and as David Horsey's cartoon this morning shows, there is a lot more to this business of the feminine mystique, not to mention hair removal, than meets the eye.

Being your basic 60's and 70's kind of guy, I grew up with an appreciation for unshorn men and women, free of the depilatory haze, but times are apparently changing, particularly among the younger generations of both genders. According to Horsey, there are even women well up into their 80's who prefer the hairless look down there.

WARNING! The following link to Wikipedia may cause warts, not to mention, as one reader has observed, may get you fired. Use with all discretion if you are at work.

Thinking I must have missed something, I turned to to see what perhaps I might have missed, and immediately fell out of my chair, for there is a lot more to waxing than meets the eye. As much as I love the untraditional and provoking controversial conversations, this one just about meets the criteria for being off-color. You have been warned.

Horsey states that society cannot truly be free if people are not allowed to do things that are ridiculous, and I agree. Somehow how or when you trim your pubic hairs seems less offensive to me than the jangling people who wear tongue studs or other exotic earlobe hardware, but then in the United States of America, we can sit and talk in polite mixed company about such things as Brazilian Waxing while in other areas of the world men can be beaten for not having a beard or women for having their head uncovered.

We truly live in America, the home of the brave and the free, both hirsute and waxed alike.


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