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Did this really need to be a book?

Braziliansexy Certainly women should feel gorgeous and be confident. Nobody's saying we shouldn't.

But does how we tend our nether regions really make that much of a difference? And if so, does anyone really want to read a book about it?

"Brazilian Sexy: Secrets to Living a Gorgeous and Confident Life" is by Janea Padilha, with the help of writer Martha Frankel. Padilha's biography reads: 

Janea Padilha of the J Sisters Salon knew how to shape an eyebrow before she was out of kindergarten. Inspired on a Brazilian beach, she invented her signature waxing technique, and the salon she started with her sisters is now a multimillion-dollar business.

The book is published by Perigee Books, a division of Penguin Group USA.

It isn't just about waxing. It's got Padilha's tips on how to "develop and approachable, irresistible glow," how to "experience the ups and downs of life with gusto" and how to "eat, drink and live it up while staying fit and fearless." 

And, of course, it tells the story of how she came to invent the Brazilian wax. "This was the craziest thing," she writes, "but I was determined to do something that would change this hairy situation."

Maybe this is one cultural phenomenon that didn't need to be chronicled in a book.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

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Why not? When Sarah Palin gets a book deal, anything is possible. Besides, there are so many self-help books on the market on how to heal your inner self, live in the moment, live your best life, diet, diet, diet.

What's wrong with a little wax and glow?

When you declare that no one (in our culture) is saying that women shouldn't be confident, you out-dumb this dumb book. Think about it.

Wow, I'm shocked by this overly opinionated book review. I'm a 20-something feminist, and even I wouldn't single out one book out of many on beauty, pruning, and personal appearance and claim that it doesn't need to be written about. Who says this woman deserves to tell her story less than say, Rod Blagojevich or Sarah Palin (as an earlier commenter suggested)? Much as we all hate Twilight, would anyone actually come out and say that it doesn't DESERVE to be a book?

Look. Lots of women get bikini waxes. Have you watched any porn lately? I'm sure you have. I'm sure most of us have. And you know what you see there? Lots and lots of bikini waxes. Waxing is a part of many women's lives. And for you to say that a book about something that is part of so many women's lives is so trivial that it doesn't deserve to have a book written about it is actually pretty sad. Pretty sad.

Personally, I find bikini waxes, and our society's love of them, to be a pretty fascinating phenomenon (and I've never even had one myself). I think you should rethink your critique. Hard.


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