Gwyneth Paltrow talks about insecurities she has about her physical appearance and how she combats them.
The entrepreneur behind the beauty and wellness brand goop frankly tackles her doubts in the six-episode Netflix series “Sex, Love & Goop”. The new series aims to improve the relationships and sex lives of six couples.
When some women on the show cited body image as a barrier to sex, Paltrow shared her experience. She explained that after growing up in the public eye from the age of 22, she still tries to match an ideal.
“I don’t think I’ve ever met a woman who feels completely good about her body, and that’s such a shame,” Paltrow said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
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“It means that we are holding on to another standard that has been prescribed to us and that is very external as opposed to internal. At this point in my life, I am certainly not a perfect person, but I am still on a path. towards improving myself. I really love myself. I know my flaws. I don’t think I have blind spots anymore, and I kind of try to cultivate that same feeling about my body. “
Paltrow, 49, also points out that she wanted to “show herself as vulnerable” as she asked couples to do the same. The six pairs include people of different ages, races and sexual orientations who work with experts to learn new ways of seeing each other and increasing intimacy, while using methods and tools to improve their relationships. relationships through more pleasurable sex.
One of the missions of goop is to encourage curiosity and “to eliminate the shame around female sexuality” through its content and its products. Paltrow says there’s no better way to do this than by talking about sex and giving people permission to ask whatever they want in the bedroom.
“Female pleasure is still considered a taboo and I think if you look back through history and understand how to control female pleasure or the lack of it or, you know … separate pleasure from morality , it’s a way to ensure that women don’t feel full about themselves, “she said.
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The show’s experts – a sex bodyworker, a tantra and sacred intimacy coach, and an erotic wellness coach – help couples through in-depth discussions and physical exercises.
Many couples volunteered to be on the show in hopes of overcoming disagreements or attitudes towards sex, which ranged from varying levels of desire to complaints of loss of the physical spark in a relationship.
Michaela Boehm, an intimacy expert on the show who has personally worked with Paltrow, says she’s excited about “Sex, Love & goop” because it will make her advice more accessible to people who might otherwise be reluctant to sex therapy.
“You do it in the privacy of your bedroom or living room, where you watch. There is no stigma and you don’t have to expose yourself. You can get into the water, so to speak, one little toe at a time, ”said Boehm.
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“People, because we’re not talking about these things, they think they’re broken or the only ones going through this,” Boehm said. “So seeing it and being presented with it as something that is happening that in itself takes so much pressure off and opens a door and creates a belief that can then lead to a deeper relationship.”
Boehm and Paltrow both said they were humbled by the courage the couples displayed. “It takes a certain amount of bravery to submit to something like this,” Paltrow said. “A lot of these couples really almost have that movie star thing that you care about and want to watch them.”
The show – which begins airing Thursday – has an onscreen note at the start saying it is “designed to entertain and inform, not to provide medical advice,” a warning in anticipation of critics that Paltrow and Goop often receive. Some of the sessions showing couples experimenting with sex toys and accessories, including paddles, headbands and a metal “wolverine claw”, are sure to attract attention.
Goop has been reviewed to promote unconventional products and experiences with the goal of educating consumers, and Paltrow has been an easy target as a recognizable face at the head of the brand. “I have an incredible admiration for her because she is willing to put herself in places that I personally don’t know if I had the courage to be criticized at this point,” Boehm said.
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“When she decided to be really very aware of decoupling and all of that stuff, everyone was rolling their eyes, everyone was ridiculing her. But now you look and people are actually more willing to accept that. ‘they can have co-parenting situations and blended families that are much more functional, and that’s largely because it has come to the fore. “
Yes, goop wants to educate and empower, but it’s also a business after all, so when the series launches, the website also highlights two new related products: a vibrator and a female libido supplement.
“I think a lot of women have been instilled with this idea that we don’t deserve to ask for these things, and I think that really bothers us.” Paltrow said. The subject of sex is a great way to take a bulldozer to try and go through it all because it’s something that we all do, and it’s something that really connects us to ourselves. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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