Why I Got the 'Manzilian' Wax
Brazilians for guys? Increasingly popular, but not for the faint of heart
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2010 1:29 PM CDT
Eek, wax!   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Jed Lipinksi didn’t realize it at first, but it would prove to be impossible for him to write a story about male waxing without getting waxed himself. After steadfastly declining several offers, Lipinski found himself getting a “Manzilian” from none other than Janea Padilha herself, the inventor of the Brazilian. And “the pain was almost unbearable,” he writes on Salon. “Afterwards, I felt shaky and emotional, but invigorated, as if I’d just walked away from a car accident unscathed.”

Along the way, Lipinski gleaned various fun facts about manscaping, which is growing in popularity. Among the more amusing tidbits: Women are “not comfortable with their husbands and boyfriends getting waxed by other men,” Padilha says, but men are concerned about becoming aroused by a female waxer—so, one aesthetician explains, “we hire only older women for the waxing, like your grandmother.” One 35-year-old female waxer explains why: Some men assume “that since they're naked, you're gonna give them head,” she says, recalling a time a client got so aggressive she had to taze him.

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Aug 19, 2010 8:04 PM CDT
"Women are not comfortable with their men getting waxed by other men".......huh? They are okay with their guy being naked and touched by a women, but are afraid of men because......why? I am assuming some women believe their men will turn gay after being subjected to a painful procedure by a male. Apparently a man that is touched by another man, even his doctor or chiropractor, loses his mojo. Who knew?
Aug 19, 2010 5:06 PM CDT
You mean no happy ending? I've been shaving my legs for over 10 years. My problem is that I don't want to pay $50 to 100 every week or so. I started shaving when I was competition bicycle riding. After I did it, hell who wants hair anymore after that. < :-)
Aug 19, 2010 4:26 PM CDT
The second link in that story is from 2004.