When the Brazilian wax trend swept North America, I played the game. I thank God that I am too old for the latest packaging trend: Vajazzling.
Although, admittedly, there does not seem to be a cultural age limit on "looking fine on the vagine."
A website for "what moms are talking about" - MomLogic - describes the process of going "bare with flair."
The process is simple: First, you're vigorously waxed down there. Then, Swarovski crystals (or your own jewels) are placed on your nether-regions, in an artful design of your choice. The whole process (including waxing) costs $115 and lasts about five days.
Of course, while women go to great lengths and costs to remove undesirable hair, they are also entrenched in the battle to secure their "crowning glory." While it is undesirable to have hair on your body, a large head of hair is seen as desirable and sexy. In Good Hair, Chris Rock discovers that women pay $1000 for their weaves in addition to to the costs of attaching and maintaining the locks!
And, if it weren't enough that women are busy removing hair down there and adding hair up there, a new fashion trend encourages women to sport clothing made of hair.
Kate Moss wears a Maison Martin Margiela jacket made of blonde hair in one of several special covers for the May issue of V Magazine.
Inspired by the trend, America's Next Top Model recently had the contestants model outfits made entirely out of hair.
You have to hand it to the capitalists: they have us nailed between internalized oppression and conspicuous consumption.
It is my hope that many of you who struggle with your hairy lot in life will learn to accept, and even embrace the man that you are. Being hairy isn’t something to be ashamed of – if it’s the way you’ve been made, it’s part of what makes you, you.
So, people, what will we do about these hairy - and hairless - situations?