The Queen of Goop obviously knows how to throw a good soirée, so to celebrate the release of her friend Naomi Watts’ new Netflix show, Gypsy, Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a dinner party all about sex, and gave her guests jade vagina eggs to take home and try out for themselves. And if you’re not talking about your sex life at the dinner table with Paltrow, Watts, and psychotherapist Esther Perel, are you even living? No, you are not.
Paltrow and her pals hosted the intimate event at Dirty French, a New York City restaurant, and it was all centered around the theme of “desire,” since Gypsy is all about the sexual desires of Watts’ character. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the event was pretty sensual.
As WWD reports, “There were many forbidden fruits on display. A plum, carefully placed in the center of each dinner setting. A spread of pomegranates and berries littering the long candlelit dinner table for 20.”
And oh yeah, we should mention that an all-male waitstaff served oysters to the all-women guests and gave them “desire cards,” so they could write down answers to Paltrow and Perel’s questions, like “what does desire mean? why do women like “bad boys?” (And yes, it’s sounding pretty darn heteronormative to us, too.)
At the end of the evening, Paltrow gave her guests the controversial Yoni eggs that she’s been promoting on her lifestyle site, Goop.com.
Paltrow has come under fire for her vagina eggs before, so it was a bold move.
Just in case you have better things to do than keep up with Goop drama, these jade vagina eggs are causing a lot of commotion. On her website, Paltrow has promoted the use of these jade eggs, which women are supposed to keep in their vaginal canals, as a way to refresh “female energy.” Holding the jade egg in your vagina is also supposed to be substitute for Kegel exercises.
It’s a little silly, but sounds harmless enough, right?
Not really. Doctors, especially Jen Gunter, an OB-GYN who blogs often about women’s health, do not recommend these eggs. They might have been used since ancient times (says Paltrow), but there are a lot of things ancient civilizations did that maybe aren’t so great anymore. The eggs, which retail for about $60, are porous by nature and could give you a bacterial infection. At worst, they could give you Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Plus, the suggested methods for cleaning the egg, like with alcohol, could also be not-so-great for your vaginal walls. Basically, if you want to use one, talk to your doctor. But be warned that no medical professional will tell you that your feminine energy needs to be “cleansed.”
Goop stands by their jade eggs, though.
This month, Goop shared a blog post taking on Gunter. In addition to her open letter about Paltrow’s bad advice when it comes to the jade eggs, Gunter often writes posts debunking some of the “health tips” Goop promotes, like vaginal steaming or the dangers of cancerous bras. The company singled Gunter out, writing, “Since her first post, she has been taking advantage of the attention and issuing attacks to build her personal platform — ridiculing the women who might read our site in the process.”
Gunter’s confused as to why Goop is so mad. The doctor told BuzzFeed News, “It’s just odd I have to defend myself against a website that passes on the idea that bras cause cancer or that people should listen to someone who talks to a spirit for their health care,” she said. “So I’m absolutely flabbergasted that they chose me as the center of their ire.”
Paltrow and Goop likely mean the best as they promote all-natural, holistic remedies for a woman’s body and mind. But women should be wary of any advice about their health that doesn’t come from a medical professional, and isn’t backed by peer-reviewed studies from someone in this century. Although, we still would have loved to be a fly on the wall at Dirty French for that desirable dinner party.