Open-Thread Thursday: Waxing, Infatilization, and Dairy; also, Sales

By Voxy  

Cow by JelleS.This is another crazy week in Voxyland (Voxywood? Voxtopia?), so I apologize for the paucity of posts. And when I don’t have time to say anything myself, I like nothing better than to yield the floor to Jenna Mahoney! Her latest Beauty and the Blog post addresses the topic of waxing and hair removal, which as readers of That Other Site will remember came up again there this week and last week (and some of those posts had WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION).

Here’s Jenna:

“So, there has been some buzz over the world wide interweb regarding this article in Australia about parents bringing their children to get waxed. According to the piece, parents are bullying their daughters as young as nine to get painful hair removal treatments. … But for some reason I couldn’t help but think this waxing business isn’t so scandalous as the piece makes it out to be. The article cites the concept of oversexualization in girls as the reason why this is wrong. Um is that truly the problem here? I’ve always been of the understanding that female hair removal practices were in keeping with the infatilization [sic] of women. Yes, it was a movement that came about by sexual fetishes to create a younger virgin image of women. But it ended in a way that keeps women feeling—and, yes, looking—younger. So, if girls already look young, because they are young how does that sexualize them even further? I guess I don’t really understand the outcry here (well, besides the fact that waxing is a gosh, darn, painful process on any skin, never mind young ones).

When I was a kid, girls started shaving as young as 10. I wasn’t one of those select few and as a result I was taunted and teased for two full years. It got so bad (I’ve got loads of dark hair and super pale skin) that I actually wrote a pact to myself in my dairy [sic] that I would never marry a dark and hairy man so my kids would be popular in high school. (Aside: So, now I’ve got a Spanish husband. Operation Hairless Kids: Abort.)

I guess the long-winded point that I’m trying to make is this: Sometimes taking a little hair off the top isn’t so wrong. What do you think?”

Um the WHOOSH you are hearing is the sound of the point(s) flying over your head. Watch out for the sonic boom. It’s coming. You will probably want a helmet.


Today through 4/25, Tarte is having an Earth Day sale! 30% off sitewide with code EARTHDAY.

Skinstore is offering 20% off of (almost) everything sitewide through 5/3 with code MOMSDAY. Some exclusions apply.

Lord & Taylor is having a F&F sale that includes 10% off of beauty department purchases (and 25% off of most other things in-store/on-site). Ends 4/25. To shop online, use code FRIENDS; to shop in-store, you will need a printable coupon, which you can find here.

Saks is also having a F&F sale similar to Lord & Taylor’s: 10% off beauty products, 20% off of most everything else. Runs through 4/25; use code FRIEND2 or FRIEND3 (both are reputed to work; I haven’t shopped there myself yet).

Paula Dorf is offering 20% off through 5/6 with code PDLOVESMOMS.

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  1. avatar Relationalista
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    Ummm … wha? Maybe we can bully Jenna into having a brain transplant. We can tell her it’ll make her prettier and less hairy. We can also tell her it’ll keep her looking younger, and since she says that even smart women really just want to be attractive and youthful-looking, we can claim this is an appeal to her (*cough*) intelligence. Should work, right?

    (P.S. Voxonia?)


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, it’s just unbelievable, isn’t it? Absolutely cringeworthy. And the thing is that I am sure she has no idea at all why what she is saying is so offensive. Not the first clue.


    • avatar a biologist
      Posted April 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I never really understood the idea that a little bit of knowledge in the wrong hands can be worse than no knowledge at all. Now I understand.

      And weep.


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