My first thought when I read that little girls were getting Brazilian waxes was what exactly is being waxed off?
Then I read a little deeper – these are girls of ten and eleven. So again, I’ve got to ask: what is being waxed off?
Even in this day and age of hyper-accelerated puberty (breasts at five, pubes at eight?), it hardly seems possible there’s enough pubic hair in place on a tween girl for a wax strip to take hold and make much difference. And when you’re taking the Brazilian, you’re expecting to make quite a difference.
Which brings us to the second question: why a Brazilian on a tween?
Australian researcher Maggie Hamilton says it’s just another sign of the over-sexualization of little girls, a precursor to sexting and then actual sex. Because what’s the point in removing the pubic hair unless it’s to make the area more attractive to looky-loos? And what ten- or eleven-year-old needs anyone looking there?
They’re also considered more dangerous than many other beauty procedures – a study prompted by the near death of an Australian woman with diabetes has pushed doctors to advise patients with weakened immune systems against the Brazilian. The State Of New Jersey even came close to banning the procedure outright earlier this year because of dangers. Which means parents who sign off at a salon may well be putting their kids at risk for nothing. Once again – for what?
Ironically, the Brazilian wax – however inappropriate for kids (and it certainly is) – returns these girls hyped up on hormones back to a pre-pubescent state.
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