Gwyneth matches with her ma

Lainey Posted by Lainey at July 21, 2017 16:05:01 July 21, 2017 16:05:01

It’s been a week since Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop published an open letter in defence of their wellness recommendations with commentary from their doctors. Both Maria  and Sarah addressed goop’s mansplainey clapback last Friday. Goop took issue with Dr Jen Gunter, MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, DABPM, ABPM (pain) who’s been critical of goopsh-t on her blog which, as Maria pointed out, just showed how sensitive goop and her doctor friends are to the shade that Dr Jen Gunter, MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, DABPM, ABPM (pain) has been throwing at them. Because Dr. Jen Gunter MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, DABPM, ABPM (pain), isn’t some asshole with an egg Twitter account, she’s a legitimate expert, a qualified professional.

Dr. Jen Gunter MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, DABPM, ABPM (pain) posted her response to goop’s challenge a day later, addressing the goop letter point by point – with science and experience. Here’s my favourite part of her rebuttal:

How dare the editors of GOOP promote the idea that I somehow think women “are not intelligent enough to read something and take away what serves us, and leave what does not” when they present half-truths. The classic GOOP playbook is to stoke fear with the names of dangerous sounding chemicals and then offer a “natural” cure (often found in their shop). For example with nitrosamines and condoms GOOP neglected to tell women that using 1 condom a week for 30 years results in about 0.9 microgram of absorbed nitrosamines and that animal studies suggest that topical application of about 1 g is a concern. So 30 years of condoms once a week is about one millionth of that single carcinogenic dose. Let me tell you kiddos bad information is the exact opposite of autonomy. How can women possibly take away anything useful when the crucial information about dose and the studies that show condoms reduce the rate of cancer are missing?

I also take umbrage at the idea that I have mocked women who desperately turn to the snake oil that GOOP sells. That is simply untrue. My ire has been directed squarely at the people spreading misinformation, especially if it is for profit. I blog to help women get better advice so they can be more empowered with their health.

Women are of course free to do what they want with their bodies. I have walked that walk more than any actress, editor, doctor, naturopath, ghost whisperer, or jade eggthisiast at GOOP. I literally write about choice regularly, a subject absent from the self-proclaimed collection of feminists at GOOP. How dare someone who has never counseled a woman about a second trimester abortion never mind done one lecture me on choice and health.

And that’s probably what troubles me the most about Gwyneth and goop’s pivot toward wellness – that in their focus on women’s health, and looking for ways to help women feel better, they do not address the systemic and institutionalised social problems that contribute to why women feel like sh-t. Women need to be able to afford the goop vitamins before they can buy the goop vitamins. But that’s always been goop’s problem – the demo they market to doesn’t need social change to be able to afford the vitamins. They’re already there. Which is why I’ve been comparing her to Ivanka Trump.

If that’s the brand strategy, to tap into a select segment of the female population, no problem, by all means, they wouldn’t be the first brand to target the upper tax bracket. But, more and more, goop is claiming representation for women, period. In goop’s words, from the open letter:

As women, we chafe at the idea that we are not intelligent enough to read something and take what serves us, and leave what does not. We simply want information; we want autonomy over our health.

Who is the “goop woman” though? Is she worried about the attack on Planned Parenthood? Is she worried about the proposed new changes to healthcare in the United States and how many of those policy changes will negatively impact women’s health, and women’s “autonomy” over their health?

Gwyneth Paltrow and goop have directed a lot of outrage and indignation towards Dr Jen Gunter, MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, DABPM, ABPM (pain), a female doctor who has focused much of her career advocating for women’s autonomy over their bodies. So where is the goop outrage and indignation over the people and the proposals that are actively undermining women’s autonomy over their bodies? They published an open letter attacking ONE person. And have remained silent about an entire system. THAT’s the fight that goop wanted to pick.

Here’s Gwyneth yesterday in the Hamptons attending a goop event with her mother. And they decided to dress the same. Are you into this? Should mommy and tot matching wardrobes extend into adulthood?


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