Beyond Babedom

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Going Brazilian

Ever since we noticed we had pubic hair, we had to worry about it showing, mostly in the summer at the beach (at least in our day). At first our only option was shaving – and shaving bumps. Then came Nair, with its toxic, perfume-y, disgusting smell. When we finally discovered the “Brazilian.” all we had to worry about then was the pain.

And, it is painful. At first. Scratch that: it’s always painful. It’s just a matter of mind over matter (and doing really small sections at a time) if we want to make it through a Brazilian without quitting halfway. Which leads me to the real point of this post: could men deal with this kind of pain?

Of course, we know they can’t. They can’t even weather a sore throat without needing the emergency room. But, I decided to take my question a few steps farther. I tested it. On Gary. Well, not technically a Brazilian (that would have been way too funny), but a back-waxing that rivaled the salon scene in The 40 Year Old Virgin, which may be one of the most-loved movies scenes for women in America. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a must – hairy-chested Steve Carell gets a wax by an Asian woman who can barely keep a straight face. Priceless.

So, when I waxed Gary’s back, I had anĀ  experience that could go down as one of my all-time favorites. Of course, I didn’t realize at the time that the hair should be relatively short to minimize the pain (but then where would the fun be?). And, to speed up the process, I used the biggest pieces of paper I could – even doubling up at times. Ouch!

I think Gary thought he was dying – I even drew blood. But I wouldn’t let him stop me; I was on a mission. And, I’ve gotta say, he looked great afterwards. Though the tears and the whimpering really were a turn off.

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  1. Tony Vito Paccione says:

    Yes, I’ve been dealing with a pain in my azz for more than 20 years now. just kidding, u know that already. This is an ongoing argument about women being able to shoulder more pain than men. I think this hinges on the whole “birthing” issue. Which as I’m writing this, and imagining the pain, my mind is actually changing my thought process from one of rebuttment to accord! how strange!

  2. Kirk Shorte says:


    I hope you conducted your experiment in a sanitary environment. That must have been funny though. It would seem that maybe using an electric razor would eliminate the pain on both ends.


  3. Did you know Steve Carrell actually went through that in the movie? No fake hair? No special effects? His real hair!!!

    As far as Gary is concerned — he’s insane!!!

  4. George G says:

    You picked a poor subject. We all know that Gary can’t take ANY pain. I’ve seen him whimper at the site of a small hill he has to climb on his bike.

  5. Mike Terzano says:

    Hmm, veddy interesting. I didn’t know he was such a metrosexual. I can’t wait to discuss this with him!

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