Actress and clean-living guru Gwyneth Paltrow prompted backlash when she advised that her Goop devotees adopt some rather experimental habits to improve the health of their lady bits.
In two blogs posted on Goop, her wellness and lifestyle publication, blog and e-commerce site, Paltrow waxed lyrical about the rejuvenating benefits of mugroot-infused vaginal steam cleaning and then implored that women practice holding jade eggs in their cooches to strengthen their orgasms. The latter is a a technique borrowed from ancient Chinese concubines.
After being slammed by just about every leading gynecologist, Paltrow has set aside her jade eggs to defend herself. In an interview with Women's Health, the Goop proprietor issued some shade towards her vagina-steaming skeptics, coded in her usual wellness parlance.
"When I find something I think works, I like to share it with people," Paltrow said matter-of-factly.
"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."
We can't vouch for those particular benefits, but whatever she is doing is working for the rest of her. See what we mean with her five hottest shots, below.
Gwyneth held forth that brushing off her jade-egg naysayers is part and parcel to her holistic wellness outlook.
"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."
We can all hope that, one day, we're liberated enough from "the chains of other people's perceptions" to do ungodly things to a jade egg.