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Janeane Garofalo on Brazilian Waxing

Do You Think Brazilian Waxes Are Truly Popular?

Funny lady Janeane Garofalo has a new stand-up special out called If You Will, and in it she takes on the popularity of Brazilian waxes. In a recent interview, she said, "We've been conned into thinking it's desirable to have that waxing done and that people like it. I think it's a national myth that we have all gone along with for some reason."

But how many people are getting Brazilians, anyway? It's not like there's a hair census that reveals the trends of the nether regions. When it comes to depilation, I'm definitely a "to each her own" kind of girl. While some people wax or shave everything, plenty of others don't. So what do you think? Is Brazilian waxing really as popular as Janeane says?

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inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Wow! So much hatred on this post! I personally shave just because it's cheaper and doesn't hurt. I personally don't like the look of hair, but to each their own. I defiantly don't feel like I'm 12 when I do shave btw. I also don't think a lack of hair means they are any less of a woman than if they did have hair. I only know a small handful of people who have gotten waxes but I don't think they go often. Also I think it would be awkward to get a wax because I wouldn't want someone poking around down there! lol. But like I said, to each their own.
entropicxtasis entropicxtasis 7 years
@ kohina. Do your research before making sweeping judgments. One cannot define a person by their pubic hairstyle--whether it exists or not. As a girl who watches a wide variety of porn, I can say that hair is MUCH more common now (at least within the industry) than it was in the nineties and early 2000s. Not every porn star is or was Jenna Jameson. (In fact, there is no shortage of popular brunettes with small-to-medium breasts and no plastic surgery. In addition, at least five big-name directors with big companies will only shoot "natural" girls.) Another thing: the "bald look" is much more prevalent in heterosexual male performers than in female performers.
kerish kerish 7 years
actually..I dont do a brazilian i remove it all...
kerish kerish 7 years
hmm... it such a personal choice no one choice is right or wrong..brazilians are$$$ thu...I just started doing my brazilian @ home..went out bought all my tools including the melting pot. My brazilian turned out well but that may be due in part to the fact that I have bn getting it done prof for over 4 years...the hair is fine so its easy to do....and last but not least I got a bottle of TEND..works like magic.
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
This confirms many of us have different views. What ever we do, we should do it for ourselves and what makes us feel good about ourselves.. The only thing I should like to add is that I have a lesbian friend who is completely smooth, she ceratinly is not doing it for the benefit of any man!
kohina kohina 7 years
"To me it feels cleaner and more hygienic. " It may feel that way but being bare actually makes you more prone to infection because you're exposing the hair follicle. Soap and water is sufficient for hygiene. Unless you don't shower.
kohina kohina 7 years
"The pre-pubescent argument doesn't affect guys opinions on below the belt grooming, which I assume is the population some ladies target for expressing their preferences. " It actually does. I had one boyfriend specifically ask me never to shave because it creeped him out. You'd be surprised how many guys don't want their chicks to be totally bare.
kohina kohina 7 years
I would even go as far to say that all of these modern beauty regimens that women go through are a way to still keep women subservient in a society where women are no longer second class citizens. That's just my opinion though.
kohina kohina 7 years
"I think this is blowing it out of proportion. It's just hair, and a personal preference.I see nothing wrong with women keeping hair there, shaving, waxing,shaping it into a heart, or dying it blue, for all I care. Women seem to get criticized for everything they do, and we are often each other's biggest critics. Do we really need more judgments? " While I do agree that women should stop judging each other I still believe that women who shave are giving in to a porno trend started in the early 90s and aren't that strong and are giving in to what men want. Believe me I wouldn't shave anything on my body if I could get away with it but we live in a society where women are supposed to be almost super feminine and little girl like. It's like as soon as women's lib started all of these beauty standards got introduced to make us as un-masculine as possible. It's like we have all of this power in the workforce but NOW we have to spend a ridiculous amount of time grooming ourselves, while men still earn more and don't have to groom anything. I just can't respect women who feel the need to cave in to trends like this. I'd really like to but I can't.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 7 years
Currently I just trim, but no guy has ever complained. My reasons for wanting ti completely bare are totally personal. Venus1, I like the point you raise about men shaving their face. (And for what it's worth, I don't are for body hair on men either.)
curLRocker curLRocker 7 years
different guys prefer different things.. i do live in europe, and contrary to common stereotypes, we do wax regularly :) i know that most of my friends go brazilian, either waxing or shaving it themselves.. i used to shave it all off, but started getting brazilians in the past couple of months just because my hair is so dark and coarse and you can always see the "shadow" of the hairs.. i have talked to my boyfriend about it, and it seems that guys really like natural (hairy down there!) women. he begged me to leave a "landing strip" ;)
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 7 years
@kohina: ("frankly if you can't handle having pubic hair than you're not that strong of a woman anyways") I think this is blowing it out of proportion. It's just hair, and a personal preference.I see nothing wrong with women keeping hair there, shaving, waxing,shaping it into a heart, or dying it blue, for all I care. Women seem to get criticized for everything they do, and we are often each other's biggest critics. Do we really need more judgments?
InternGal InternGal 7 years
I agree with Venus1. It isn't the "one thing" that will make a woman look pre-pubescent. Saying this kind of thing is just hurtful to other women who prefer to have less/no hair, making us seem like some guy is controlling our beauty habits. The pre-pubescent argument doesn't affect guys opinions on below the belt grooming, which I assume is the population some ladies target for expressing their preferences. Also, I think our hips, breasts, speech, make-up, hair, clothing, shoes, tattoos, etc. kind of give away the fact that we have completed puberty/are not under 16.
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
With regard to pre-pubescent argument, for starters the area looks ever so different in adulthood. Secondly the same argument could apply to removal of leg hair, underarm hair and even men shaving their face. Do we say that makes all men look like boys? I'm proud of the fact that the only hair on my body is on my head but I don't do this for anyone else, I do it for me. To me it feels cleaner and more hygienic. It also increases sensitivity.
kohina kohina 7 years
It's not womanly at all to be completely bare. Women grow in pubic hair...little girls don't. It's natural to have hair there and it really isn't bothersome if you trim it. It's completely unnatural to shave your nether-regions to me (and frankly if you can't handle having pubic hair than you're not that strong of a woman anyways).
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 7 years
I can't afford to go have someone else wax it, but my skin is sensitive, so saving just give my razor burn and ingrowns (no matter how much cream I use). I really don't care for the way pubic hair looks or feels, so maybe I just need to practice more... I find it so interesting that so many people talk about a bare bikini area making you look prepubescent. To me it's still womanly.
kohina kohina 7 years
"I do it myself because it's so expensive and awkward, but I wish I had the confidence to just say ef it." See that's just straight up sad.
kohina kohina 7 years
I just use a trimmer to keep everything clean. It just feels creepy shaving everything off and I'm pretty sure it would feel creepier having a stranger rip it off. I'm 4'11 and look like I'm about 16 (I'm 23). I don't need to look like a little girl even more than I already do. I'm not one to spend a ton of time making myself look prepubescent just because women in porn look like that. I honestly hope women stop doing it because it's kind of a dumb trend. We already have to shave our legs, our pits, we're expected to wear make-up, have gorgeous nails and hair... When are women going to draw the line and say enough is enough? It's kind of sad how many women are willing to do things just to please their men.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Hazelberry, that waxer sounds AWFUL. Find a new place! I think it's *so* a "to each her own" thing. I do get upset when people act like having hair is horrible or "ungroomed." It really isn't. Interesting that so many of you shave. I am always afraid that an earthquake will happen when I whip out the razor, and I'll accidentally slice and dice, so I can't go down that road.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 7 years
A wax there sounds so painful! I just shave. It does the job, with no pain. Well, the first time the skin there was super sensitive, but I think I'm so used to it now it's not a big deal, just something I do in the shower and takes a minute or two to maintain.
hazelberry hazelberry 7 years
Just moved from the east coast to the west...and I find it ridiculous how popular it is here...I went to a waxing place and when I told them that I "only" want a bikini wax, they looked at me curiously...then said oh sure, if your guy is okay with it then sure...WTF!!! It doesn't worth the PAIN to look like a LITTLE GIRL damn it! I'm a WOMAN. I'm not against it every now and then, but the fact that people consider it NORMAL and look down on you if you don't get it...well f@#$ them!
Charblit Charblit 7 years
I wish it hadn't been invented! I do it myself because it's so expensive and awkward, but I wish I had the confidence to just say ef it. Yet another one of those cases where dang-it-must-be-nice-to-be-a-guy.
lblond lblond 7 years
been doing it monthly for 8 years and will continue to do so. hurts but so much cleaner and healthier than shaving. not as pricey as some people say. just gotta find the right spa and not get ripped off (no pun intended - ha)
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