Fair dinkum, you just can’t make this stuff up. Seriously, the New Jersey state Board of Cosmetology and (can you believe it) Hairstyling was moving toward a ban on genital waxing altogether after two women reported being injured in their quest for a smooth bikini line. (“Brazilian” waxing involves total hair removal from the “bikini area.”)
Jeff Lamm, a spokesman for New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the cosmetology board, said technically, genital waxing has never been allowed — only the face, neck, abdomen, legs and arms are permitted — but because bare-it-all "Brazilians" weren't specifically banned, state regulators haven't enforced the law.
"The genital area is not part of the abdomen or legs as some might assume," Lamm said. Regular bikini waxes would still be allowed.
I really think that if you based a novel on this type of state oppression it would be dismissed as being a bit over the top, people just wouldn’t find it believable. Imagine, a state board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling!!! Why, hell you just can’t allow bad hair days can you? This idiot even argues on the positioning of the genitals. (Probably with a straight face.)
You could be forgiven for being carried away on flights of whimsy as to how the state intended to police this. Perhaps “the New Jersey Inspectorate of Genetalia,” or the police could provide a “Pubic Hair Squad.”
Anyway BBC News now reports that the plan has been ditched.
While they suggest it is because of complaints from the industry, I imagine it is really because someone in authority realized just how silly the public would find it and had a stop put to it before it became a complete embarrassment.
The really sad thing about it is that some poor sad bastard in the NJ bureaucracy really thought he was doing the world a favor with this.
Its hard to support liberty while pissing yourself laughing at the sheer crass stupidity of the state.