New Jersey Nanny Staters Threaten To Ban Brazilian Bikini Waxes


The State of New Jersey is threatening to ban Brazilian bikini waxes for those who are willing to risk pain, and possibly infection, to achieve the above look. AP reports:

New Jersey is drawing the line when it comes to bikini waxing.

The state Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling is moving toward a ban on genital waxing altogether after two women reported being injured in their quest for a smooth bikini line.

Both women were hospitalized for infections following so-called “Brazilian” bikini waxes; one of the women has filed a lawsuit, according to Jeff Lamm, a spokesman for New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the cosmetology board.

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    I’ve been reading about this story. It is interesting to note that what they are talking about is not technically a ban when one reads what they are saying away from the sensationalist reporters. The actual circumstance is that said waxes are likely already illegal, but the law goes unenforced out of the idea that it didn’t really matter, that it was just a puritan sort of thing to enforce it. The current little spate of injuries and infections has them looking to determine precisely whether the existing law allows or forbids licensed  cosmetologists  to perform Brazilian waxes and whether or not to enforce the law if they are illegal.

    Personally, I see no reason for criminal enforcement of an existing law OR a new ban. It is a simple matter of civil liability for malpractice when injury or infection results. It is not the state’s job to forbid it, merely to demand that those practicing the procedure are qualified and to ensure that victims of malpractice have recourse.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    The word “ban” might have been used too freely because of all the other  B’s in the stories: Bare, Brazilian, Bikini.

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    Heh. Very possible. And enforcement of an existing law currently improperly enforced would certainly be ‘criminalization’, which would amount to a de facto ban. Plus, the word ‘ban’ looks nice and scary in a headline. Very controversial. 😉

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    Fritz says:

    Ron, allow me to congratulate you on your choice of story illustration.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    You might be interested to know that this was the second illustration. This was originally posted with a tamer picture.

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    Feuza says:

    This is good news but it is not offical just yet so we are still petitioning the AG’s office as well as the NJ Board of Cosmetology since they have a tight deadline to get in all that language for the revisions of rules and regulations because as it stands, it is still illegal. For more updated info, please visit our website,, download form and fax it as well.

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