Charlie Hunnam covers the new issue of Men’s Health and Gwyneth Paltrow covers the new issue of Women’s Health. She looks great. Which is part of the reason why she’s been trying to give you advice on how to look and feel as great as she does. But, as you know, some of that advice is… well… it has involved steaming your vagina, and other health recommendations that scientists and doctors raged against.
How does G deal with that criticism? Well, basically, by calling herself a pioneer. Basically by saying that people haven’t caught up to her yet:
How do you trust that your readers and customers will go where you go—cupping, vagina steaming—without judgment?
They're not without judgment. When you're at the forefront of something that's new, people can get really reactive: "This is crazy! Why are you doing this?" Then, five years later, everyone's fine with it. So I have a bit of pattern recognition in hand at this point—which is helpful. Also, when someone doesn't like something you do, or doesn't share your interest in something, that doesn't have anything to do with you. One of the best things someone ever said to me was that the only time criticism hurts is if you have a judgment about yourself about that very thing. If someone's like, "You dick, you have red hair!" and you've got brown hair, it doesn't bother you. It's a blessing to be liberated from the chains of other people's perceptions of you. It's part of wellness, working at that. I've gotten to a point where I like myself. I do my best as a person. I also have nothing to hide.
Let’s get to Gwyneth in a minute. I want to start by calling out Women’s Health. Because you’re WOMEN’S HEALTH. In that article? Online? They actually have a LINK – a LINK! – to a previous article they published called 4 Things You Should Never, Ever Do To Your Vagina!
So how do you not ask a follow-up? Ask her the question about the judgment she receives, sure. But then, then – because your are WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE FOR F-CKS SAKE! – ask her another one with quotes from medical professionals who have vehemently disagreed with Gwyneth’s recommendations. You know, they’re only people who have studied and researched for years the human body. Don’t you think it might be worthwhile to at least present that position since it’s exactly the opposite of her position?
Actually, no. Not this time. Because the article seems to be written by someone who, in the first paragraph of the piece calls Gwyneth Paltrow her “current boss”. Right.
Later on, G starts talking about vitamins. Apparently goop is putting out vitamins now. Because, as she explains, “I think women in modern society don't feel very well. The number one thing women say is "I'm exhausted and I don't know why!" I want to get to the bottom of why that is”.
Vitamins, apparently, are the answer. And not, oh, say, like …gender equality? Women work harder for less. Women are also expected to do more – especially in the home. Maybe not in her home, or in the homes of the women she’s talking to, but for most women in “modern society” who are “exhausted” and “don’t feel well”, I wonder if vitamins are going to fix the fatigue.
Click here for more from Gwyneth in Women’s Health.