When I first read the article below, my first reaction was “oh HELL no.” Being from New Jersey and an avid fan of the Brazilian wax for the past 7 years or so, I couldn’t imagine what I do with my crotch being the business of anyone but me and my aesthetician. However, apparently some people are looking to make going bare illegal in New Jersey. Thank god I moved to New York!
TRENTON, NJ – Things could get hairy in New Jersey this summer for women who sport revealing bikinis or a little bit less.
The painful Brazilian wax and its intimate derivatives are in danger of being stripped from salon and spa menus if a recent proposal to ban genital waxing is passed by the state’s Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling.
Cherry Hill salon owner Linda Orsuto said that women would “go ballistic” if the proposal passed. She said that some women would resort to waxing themselves, visiting unlicensed salons or traveling to other states, including Pennsylvania, in a quest to remain bare down there.
“The clients are going to freak,” said Orsuto, who owns 800 West Salon & Spa, on Route 70. “It’s a hot issue, and we’re going to have to do something.”
New Jersey statutes allow waxing of the face, neck, arms, legs and abdomen, but officials say that genital waxing has always been illegal, although not spelled out.
Regardless, almost every salon in South Jersey, from Atlantic City casinos to suburban strip malls, has been breaking the law for years by ridding women, and some men, of their pubic hair for $50 to $60 a session.
Jeff Lamm, a spokesman for New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs, said that the proposal would specifically ban genital waxing, and was prompted by complaints to the board from two women who were injured and hospitalized. One of them sued. Lamm said that the state only investigates infractions if consumers complain.
Two South Jersey hospitals and a handful of dermatologists didn’t return requests for comment, and another hospital declined.
Dr. Eric Bernstein, a Philadelphia dermatologist, said that genital waxing could irritate or tear the skin and result in infections.
“But you can get an infection from almost anything,” he added. “The state is probably just looking out for the residents’ best interest, but they’ll have to enforce it.”
I say NO.
NO NO NO.
I actually almost thought this was a joke, until I remembered that some laws really are this ridiculous. But what I do know is, if this proposal is passed, not only will there be thousands of pissed off women roaming around New Jersey, but there will be even more pissed off men dealing with their girlfriends’ botched self-wax jobs, harsh shaving stubble, and the “I’ve given up” super-bush.
But hey – this report says hairy women have better sex!