Gwyneth Paltrow is a backdoor connoisseur.
In honor of her website Goop’s second annual Sex Issue, the actress, 44, posted a Q&A about anal sex with research psychoanalyst and author Paul Joannides, Psy.D., to answer all of her readers’ most pressing questions.
The 12 questions about anal sex, which the site claims is “practically standard in the modern bedroom repertoire,” include:
- How should we modify the anal sex we see modeled in porn to best suit an in-real-life couple?
- What are the health risks of anal?
- Are there known health consequences of anal practiced over the long term? Can you do it too much?
- Do pre-anal enemas make a difference in terms of health safety? What about preventing accidents?
- Do people orgasm from anal stimulation? Is it common or uncommon?
- Does it usually take a few tries to enjoy anal? Are there positions that make it easiest?
But the writers at Goop save their head-scratching pressing question for last: “What should we be telling our kids about anal?”
Joannides answers, “We don’t tell them about the clitoris, about women’s orgasms, about masturbation, about the importance of exploring a partner’s body, and learning from each other. We don’t tell them that much of what they see in porn is unreal, and we don’t talk to them about the importance of mutual consent. So I don’t see anal being at the top of most parents’ ‘should talk to our kids about’ lists. There are more important things we need to be talking about first.”
While it seems no topic is off limits for Paltrow, a disclaimer at the bottom of the piece warns that the article’s intent is “to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation.”
“They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of goop, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners,” it says.