Does anyone remember when Gwyneth Paltrow used to be in movies?
Sliding Doors, Iron Man, Se7en… they’re all behind her now, and she seems to have switched her film career for a full-time job running her pretentious lifestyle blog Goop.
Now, she’s taken things a step further after releasing a load of tips for people looking to try anal sex.
Writing in the ‘Sex Issue’ of her newsletter, the actress wrote at length about anal, and spoke to an expert to discover more about it.
Discussing how attitudes have changed over the years, Gwyneth wrote: “First it was shocking, then it was having a cultural moment, now it’s practically standard in the modern bedroom repertoire — or so a quick scan of any media, from porn to HBO, will tell you,’ the mother-of-two begins her piece. ‘But the reality about anal is not, actually, that everyone’s doing it.”
She added: “Though it may not be quite as ubiquitous as the media makes it seem — she cites a CDC report stating that 30 to 40 per cent of heterosexual men and women have tried it — it certainly is becoming less taboo.
“If anal turns you on, you are definitely not alone, but its prevalence doesn’t change the fact that it’s the riskiest sexual behavior in terms of HIV and other STDs.”
Research psychoanalyst Paul Joannides Psy.D also offered his insight, and described how the porn industry had impacted on anal sex.
“I’d say that by 2005, porn had totally blurred the distinction between a woman’s anus and vagina,’ he said, attributing it to a need for shock value.”
He went on to say: “The anus isn’t designed to have a penis thrust up it; nature did not spec it to handle incoming, as she did with the vagina.”
Joannides went on to say: “During anal intercourse you’re basically putting a plunger up someone’s butt. Accidents are likely to happen at one time or another.”
People should be a little careful about following her advice though – after all, experts recently warned that Paltrow’s vaginal health product could actually be lethal…