December 11, 2008

Headline of the Day: Bush Versus the Brazilians

The headline at today says it all: "Bush is Back!" But they aren't talking about the president kind of bush. According to the article, "a cheeky Inauguration Day event called 'Shave the Date'" is scheduled to take place, for which women are being called upon to "Show your love for your country" by "leav[ing] no bush behind" and "rid[ding] the world of bush once and for all." However, according to Salon, Shave the Date is bumping up against the reality of the economic crisis. More and more women are being forced to trim back their personal spending. As a result, according to Salon, the Brazilian is going the way of the leisure suit and, instead, "when it comes to our most private places, bush is back."

This article is sure to cause a raging brush fire of a debate, or at least a deep split of opinion. Is bush really back? Is the Brazilian really dead? Is this the "Change we've been waiting for"? Even in a recession, will women really stop spending money on grooming and beauty treatments? Or will women "leave no bush behind" on Inauguration Day to show their patriotism? Will this become a badge of honor, the new lapel flag pin for women? How will men's opinions and preferences figure in the mix?

America wants to know.

(Flag of Brazil from

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At 6:01 PM, Blogger Aileen said...

OK, since Barbara does not seem to want to touch this subject, I'll give it a shot!

In answer to some of your questions:

1. Yes, women are cutting back on grooming expenses. I haven't had a mani/pedi in several weeks, though I just spent top dollar on my hair.

2. Yes, bush is apparently back. Whenever a trend goes too far in one direction for too long, inevitably the pendulum begins to swing in the other direction. (And yes, that was a phallic reference.)

3. Most women who have an ongoing interest in having a Brazilian decided to go the laser hair removal route years ago. My spa technician tells me that her laser hair business is swamped with young girls getting the "Barbie Doll", even though she warns them they may regret it as trends change.

4. Lastly and sadly, yes, it's influenced by men's preferences. But keep in mind that men are always interested in the new and different when it comes to such things.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

Aileen, I just noticed your comment. Perhaps the pudendum is indeed swinging the other way, although your points 2 and 3 seem a bit contradictory. Bush is back but the laser tech is swamped with anti-bush requests at the same time?


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