Gwyneth Paltrow Netflix Series: Australian sexologists criticize Gwyneth Paltrow’s Sex, Love & Goop series

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Australian sexologists say by Gwyneth Paltrow take “practice” sex therapy in its new Netflix sex series could have “harmful” consequences for viewers.

The new series, Sex, love and goop abandoned in late October and follows a number of couples in their search for deeper connection and intimacy, led by a team of Goop’s sex experts.

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Gwyneth Paltrow talks to somatic sexologist Jaiya Ma for a new series on sex, which Australian sexologists have contested. (Netflix)

While some praised the series, especially for his representation of people of different genders and cultural backgrounds, and its discussion of shame, a number of Australian sexologists have questioned how the series presents the nature of their practice.

talking with The Sydney Morning Herald, Kerrin Bradfield, president of the Society of Australian Sexologists, told the publication that the portrayal of touch in the series is of particular concern.

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“The biggest misconceptions about this are that a sexologist will need to touch you, watch you having sex, involve nudity, or even reveal details of their sex life to help you,” Ms. Bradfield said. “It just isn’t true.”

Within the six-part series, sexologists and sex therapists are depicted getting very close to their clients.

In one episode, a sexologist is seen performing “sexological body work,” which, according to insider, it can involve penetrating and touching a client’s genitals.

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Australian sexologists are concerned about the misconceptions the Goop series will spread about their practice. (Instagram)

Bradfield says one concern is that people may think that these acts are part of conventional practice which carries consequences that could be “potentially very harmful.”

Is it all for money?

Sexologists also indicate Paltrow’s story of being linked to unfounded health claims as another reason not to trust his new show.

The claims aren’t outlandish, given Paltrow’s other Netflix series The Goop Laboratory it also suffered heavy criticism.

Nadia Zainuddin, a wellness and wellness researcher and senior lecturer at Wollongong University, particularly criticized the Paltrow problem Goop laboratory Netflix series for “whitening traditional health therapies for profit”.

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In an opinion piece, Zainuddin said Goop and the Netflix series were “capitalizing” on these health therapies.

The Goop Laboratory fails to engage in any meaningful way with the cultural heritage of traditional health and wellness practices, missing out on an important opportunity to advance the cause of holistic health. “

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Paltrow was previously sued for making unsubstantiated claims about the health and health benefits of certain Goop products. (Instagram)

But isn’t that just some fun?

There are some positives to the new Paltrow series.

Samantha Forbes, a Sydney-based relationship therapist, told al ABC the show exceeds expectations in terms of how it deals with sexuality, deviating from the traditional conception of “sexuality based on intercourse”.

“The practitioners’ approach has been very directive, but it has really shifted from the stereotypical notion of sexuality based on heterosexual intercourse to what I would call a” sexual activity “and a focus on emotional security,” he told the publication.

As a result, the series emphasizes things like consent, shame, communication, and emotional security, all of which impact sexuality and sexual experiences.

However, the main reason some sexologists have big concerns about Paltrow’s new series is due to the increased demand and interest in sexual and relationship counseling due to the pandemic.

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There has been a growing demand for sex therapy and couples counseling during the pandemic. (Pexel)

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With more time spent at home, couples and singles sought sex therapy to a greater extent, seek answers on all kinds of topics, from compatibility to pain, shame and personal difficulties.

Being a new and largely unexplored space for many Australians, misconceptions about what sexologists and sex therapists can offer have the potential to be incredibly misleading.

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