To Go Brazilian Or Not?

March 26, 2013
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brazilian wax waxing Have you ever seen what a Brazilian looks like?  Do you know anyone who has one?  If you know anyone under the age of 30, then I imagine you do.  Because if my friend is right, “no one” under the age of 30 has hair down there anymore.
A “Brazilian” is the complete removal, by waxing, of all hair down below.  As my Bubbie might say (if she were inclined to discuss such things) it is hair removal from “pupick” to “tuchas.”  And from what I’m hearing, Brazilians are becoming very popular with women over 50.  Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not.  They don’t seem to publish a lot of statistics about this, but for some reason, there seems to be a lot of talk about it lately.
I am weirded-out, grossed-out, and totally intrigued all at the same time.  Talk about spring cleaning!  Talk about cleaning out your personal house for Passover!
Whether or not to go full frontal came up the other night over dinner at Girls Night Out.
“You really should write about Brazilians,” my friend suggested, “women our age want to know what it’s like.”
For about a nanosecond I thought she wanted me to write about the people, the culture, or perhaps even the deforestation of the Amazon.  “Brazilians?” I exclaimed, “I love Brazilians! My sister-in-law is from Itambacuri!”

“Brazilian waxes,” she informed me.  She looked me straight in the eyes and said shyly, “My husband loves it and it makes me feel very sexy.  I love it too.”

Another friend told me she does Brazilian waxes regularly–not for her partner, but for herself–because it made her feel wonderful and clean. As I cringed, she described how a very talented Israeli woman ripped the hair off her most personal areas with melted wax–in a matter of minutes–for only $65.00.  ”She gets everywhere, she even has you finish off the process with your heels over your head.”

Now that was an image I tried to banish from my head.  But, I guess if you’re gonna do it, you might as well go all the way.

“Doesn’t it hurt like hell?” I asked.  I was assured that, yes, indeed it is uncomfortable.  Discomfort, in my experience, is a euphemism for extreme pain, like when a doctor tells you that you may be “uncomfortable” for a few minutes, and then proceeds to stick a needle slowly up your spine and twist it around a bit.  But according to my friend, if you have ever run a marathon or suffered from severe mental anguish–the Brazilian is a piece of cake.  And that was supposed to be comforting.

I know women want to feel younger, but …. Lolita young?  And at what cost?  I started wondering what was under all those towels at the gym.  Had she?  Hadn’t she?  Would I?  I have never been so happy to see a few women unabashedly displaying their pubic hair (even if they were in their 70s)!

I am about as daring as they come, but daring enough to go Brazilian?

This was my very first thought: I have a husband that never notices when I get my hair cut. What if I went to all that pain and trouble…and he didn’t notice?  I’d have to kill him.

What if it grew back totally gray?  What if it was itchy and I ended up scratching my crotch like a professional baseball player?  What if it aged like an old tattoo?  Do I really need yet ANOTHER expensive maintenance treatment? Would I have to start wearing thongs?

But maybe it would feel sexy and wonderful and clean. Maybe my husband would love it.  And maybe, just maybe, it would help keep me cool during hot flashes!

And then I thought about going to my gynecologist appointment next week.  I’ve been going to the same doctor for a decade.  Even if she didn’t say anything, I know she’d be smirking to herself and thinking, “What the hell?”  And because she is under 40, I’d start wondering about her…and I don’t want to go there.  So I would have to change gynecologists, wouldn’t I?  Or am I just flattering myself that she would remember my vagina from the hundreds she sees each year?  In any case, I don’t think I’d be willing to take the risk, and it’s bad enough having to change hair stylists.

So the question remains:  Could I–Would I– Should I?  Do you?  What do you think?  If you are a 50-something out there who is dating, do you feel a little pressure to go bare?  Is this a fad that should be confined to the under-30 crowd, or is it a bold (and bald) beautiful move for women 50 and over?

 

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26 Responses to To Go Brazilian Or Not?

  1. Diane Lutz on March 26, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I leaves you more sensitive. Enough said.

  2. Deb on March 26, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Of course! And yes, maintenance is a pain – one more thing to squeeze in on a Saturday, but if sex after 50 is better (and we know it is) what could be wrong with a little exposure?

    • Ronna Benjamin on March 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

      And another thought: it solves the problem of the draperies not matching the rug, right? HAHA

      • Erica on March 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        LOL

      • lisa on March 31, 2013 at 11:55 am

        while it does make me more sensitive, and hubby loves it, it absolutely does not go with cycling. causes ingrown hairs. nuf said.

  3. MaryF on March 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Great article…i had no idea and now you have me wondering…

  4. Sheryl on March 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

    So…DID you?

    Thanks for the laugh!

    • Ronna Benjamin on March 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

      I can’t give my most precious secrets away. All I can tell you is that if I did, I will not be writing about it!

  5. Erica on March 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Unless I decide to do porn for a living (UNLIKELY) I’m going to stay hairy ‘n cozy. But it’s fun to hear the stories…:)

  6. Beverly Diehl on March 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I shaved for a b-f once. NEVER again. Totally insane itching when it grew back in. I will trim, fine, but grown women are not supposed to be bald as Barbie dolls, IMO.

    And I have plenty of sensation, thank you.

  7. Ellen Dolgen on March 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Hey ladies – if it makes you feel sexier about yourself and give you a confidence boost as you go through menopause, why not?!

  8. Cathy Chester on March 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    In a few years I don’t think I’ll find a need to go Brazilian. Nature is doing it for me. Lovely…

    I remember the first time I even thought twice about public hair. A movie “These Old Broads” with Liz Taylor and Debbie Reynolds (they made up) chatting about age, and Liz declared no one ever told her she’d be getting gray pubies. I thought – what the hell – what else didn’t they tell us?

    Great post, Ronna. I think I’m hanging out with the wrong friends. We NEVER talk about this juicy stuff…

  9. Sisters From Another Mister on March 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    lol, it would take care of the grey … but what if it all came back – grey?
    And the itch, would I look as tho I had been making out with many men who retire to FL and pass around unseemly ‘bugs’?
    Too much to consider … and the feet over my shoulders would probably put me in traction anyway.

  10. Carpool Goddess on March 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    And from what I hear, men under a certain age are doing “man-scaping” too. Who knew?!

  11. Connie McLeod on March 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks, but no thanks. Me and my sweetie are happy with my fur coat.

  12. Lynne Spreen on March 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Sounds too painful. And when did we decide Mother Nature made us ugly THERE as well as everywhere else? My husband said he likes that I don’t look like an 8-year old.

    • Mrs4444 on March 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

      LOL!!! What?! You didn’t marry a pedophile? That’s funny.

  13. Judy on March 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Wow. So glad you posted this as I have been wondering about this topic and women our age. I just don’t know. I guess everyone needs to feel sexy in their own way. I just hate the thought of another maintenance routine.

  14. Diane Lutz on March 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    If you still have dark hair up against light skin you can do the laser treatment which is permanent. No itching, no maintenance, but can be costly. I think it’s at least worth doing the bikini line so you bever have to shave there again.

  15. sue on March 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I cannot be the ONLY one who is flabbergasted at this trend…if I understand it, women are volunteering to spend time, money, and energy getting pubic hair ripped out regularly- to “feel sexy”? WTF? I do indeed make time for things that sometimes leave me sore (mini triathlons) and cost money (new head hairdo, great sexy tops etc-)….but the exercise yields endorphins (and a greater capacity for ice cream), and the hair/clothes give me a sense of powerful maturity.

    Jeez..maybe the above makes me sound like a “hairy-armpit – libber”..oh well. But come on…do we really think that a 20 year old girl needs this? I say- almost as much as she needs fake boobs.

  16. Lynne on March 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    The only way I would ever consider it is if my husband agreed to do it with me. Why is it it’s OK for guys to stay natural but not women? That said, manscaping is a good thing and much appreciated. Neither one of us needs to go back to pre puberty to be turned on. Hats off to those of you who have the guts to do it though! I’ve heard it hurts like childbirth and I did that with the help of an epidural!

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  18. Walker Thornton on March 31, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I accidentally had a near-Brazilian when the non-English speaking woman went a little too far. It was fun later–painful as hell in the moment.

    I like a well-trimmed look, it makes me feel sexier for some reason. But, I know there are medical practitioners who warn against it.

  19. Rona on April 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I was thinking about having a Brazilian wax done but after reading about the maintenance…I think I’ll pass. For now.

  20. Terry on December 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Would I consider having the hair ripped off my labia and mons? Um, no. Not even once. I think it’s crazy weird sexually to intentionally make oneself look like a child and I’d be vaguely disgusted by any guy who wanted it. I’m not interested in volunteering for pain, especially if I have to (repeatedly) pay for it, and I’ve read multiple articles by gynecologists recommending against it for health reasons (such as the destruction of sebaceous glands in the genital area). Luckily, my husband shares my opinion, so we both remain happily (hotly) hairy.

    Signed,

    Lovin’ my Lady Garden

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