Reading a lot of new blogs lately. I am so excited about going to BlogHer 2006 that I have been taking some time to read blogs by other women who are attending.
I keep finding posts that mention bikini - or as I prefer to call it - crotch - waxing. It is normally something I prefer not to think about. But it is something that women just mention in passing now "Oh, yeah, got my crotch waxed."
Queen of Spain mentioned it in a post about babysitting - her former babysitter was also apparently her crotch waxer. Greek Tragedy is seeking a good waxer while she is on vacation in Austin "someone who knows to spread your ass and dig in the cracks with a waxy stick. Someone who takes out tweezers when she's done." Ick.
How did this become acceptable? How did a large portion of the American public start to think it was necessary for women to undergo this torture to be sexually attractive?
And it IS torture. Come on. If we found out that prisoners were having hot wax poured on their privates and having their pubic hair ripped out by the roots, the response would be "Call Amnesty International! Call the UN! It must be stopped!"
Women themselves are asking for it. But why? What bizarre women-hating qualities of our culture are playing themselves out in this practice? Is there anything, anything, comparably painful that men do to make themselves attractive to women?
That's why I'm with the hilarious Suzanne over at Campaign for Unshaven Snatch (CUSS). I just don't like to see torture. No matter what people call it.