Brazilians: Nicety or Necessity?

With Movember well under way and the hairiness that accompanies it, I was prompted to investigate the choice by some to shed their stragglers.

A Brazilian bikini wax is the removal of all hair from the pubic region. I’ve been known to go Brazilian in my day, as do most of my girlfriends. Whether or not for a partner’s enjoyment, the bottom line is, it’s for a general feeling of cleanliness. And—empowerment.

Also known as the “Hollywood” wax, Carrie [Bradshaw] from HBO’s Sex and the City first received hers on a trip to Los Angeles. The procedure left her feeling “very aware of down there” as she strutted around in her Manolo’s. There was a swagger in her step, as she felt capable of taking anything, or anyone on.

Similarly, a few years ago, before a friend and I headed for a vacation in California, we made a pit stop to our local beauty parlour. Spread eagled on the table, Emy the Esthetician stated that we’re NOT supposed to take it all off. It is there to protect us, she added, as she continued to rid us of our bristle. So, why do we do it? Is bald really beautiful? And, whom are we waxing for? Is it for ourselves, or for a second party?

I was having brunch with a friend a few weeks ago, as the topic of Brazilians came up, she had in fact just had one that morning. I expressed that a certain feeling of confidence emanates through me as I walk out of the salon and on with my day, to which she agreed. The liberated feeling is one shared among my other female comrades, as well.

Its exact origin is hard to pin point, but it may go back as far as the 1500’s.        

In a letter written by Pêro Vaz de Caminha documenting Pedro Álvares Cabral’s voyage to Brazil, he notes: “their private parts were so exposed, so healthy and so hairless, that looking upon them we felt no shame”.

My, how times have not changed. Of the male friends I heard from, they prefer their women to be as hairless as the day they were born. Although, one lad insisted it was unnatural, and slightly perverted.

The wax has so been dubbed ‘Brazilian’ due to the barely there bikinis the South American ladies tend to sport, thus making the hair removal a must.

Apart from the pain, and occasional ingrown hairs the general consensus seems to be in favour of the Brazilian. In this case, the pros outweigh the cons, it would seem. As for the pain, pop a few Advil, not Tylenol, because it’s an anti-inflammation capabilities will work to your benefit.

Former Spice Girl singer, Victoria Beckham has said, “I love Brazilians – they ought to be compulsory at 15, don’t you think?” The British pop sensation helped to coin the term that now appears in dictionaries, a few years ago.

Compulsory? I don’t think so. To each their own, I say. There are a wide range of styles and shapes to choose from or the ‘au naturel’ look is a viable option. And, one I think will be making a come-back.

Whether you dare to go bare, one thing is certain: the need to get your vajajay tested. A loved one was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer, so no matter what your situation is down South get your beaver checked by a gynaecologist regularly.

2 Replies to “Brazilians: Nicety or Necessity?”

  1. Hi Kim,
    Thank you for the reminder well noted at the end. It’s sooo much easier to get checked yearly then to deal with the stress factors and the unknown after being diagnosed…
    I always enjoy reading your blogs, Great job!
    Love you!!
    Martine xoxoxoxo

  2. Pretty sure that modern day humans have less hair in general than we did as homo sapiens and just evolved to have less and less. We don’t actually need that hair in the same way that we did eons ago before the invention of clothing.

    I hate the whole notion that “it’s perverted because you look like a child”. A man starts growing facial hair at the same time as pubic hair, does that mean that women (or men) who enjoy seeing a shaved face want a guy whose face looks like a child? Absurd.

    It’s an aesthetic choice, one which I personally find looks better.

    I’ll leave you with this question, do you think men should start going brazilian too? If not maybe just a little trim?

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