Goop’s pseudoscience ministry comes to Netflix

STAT | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s reaction to the description of the **** in episode three of her new Netflix show, ironically titled “The Goop Lab,” suggests that she didn’t previously know that the **** is inside the body and the **** is outside, or that she didn’t know much about pelvic floor muscles.

While this knowledge gap is common among women, I expected more from Paltrow, whose lifestyle business is partially built on monetizing the ****. Her comment makes me wonder what body part she is really referencing with her “This smells like my ****” candle.

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Those looking for a lot of Paltrow in the series, which airs next Friday, will be disappointed in the first three labisodes. She appears only briefly, offering largely forgettable commentary peppered with a swear word or two to remind us that Paltrow thinks of herself as the shock jock of natural health.

While the show and the adulation preceding it lead us to believe that Paltrow is forward thinking when it comes to health and wellness, she doesn’t personally take the risks she asks of others. She doesn’t take psychedelics, jump into cold water, have an orgasm on camera, or expose her fears or traumas.

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The first three episodes — “Healing Trip” (psychedelics), “Cold Comfort” (cold therapy), and “The Pleasure Is Ours” (the **** and orgasm) — are approximately 35 minutes long. Each one begins with a disclaimer that the show is for entertainment only.

If only.

They were so boring I couldn’t manage to watch beyond episode three.

“The Healing Trip” takes Goop employees to Jamaica to do mushrooms. I knew little about the medical use of psychedelics before watching this episode, and ended up knowing very little about it afterward. The episode is largely centered around the Goop troop revealing personal traumas, talking about using psychedelics, experiencing the effects of hallucinogens, and...
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