Goop's second annual Sex Issue features an explicit Q&A about anal sex

By Gabrielle Olya
March 23, 2017 06:00 PM

Gwyneth Paltrow shares her expertise on all things lifestyle, health and beauty on her goop site — and now that apparently includes anal sex.

On Thursday, goop released its second annual Sex Issue featuring content on a number of sex-related topics — including a very explicit Q&A about anal sex with psychoanalyst and author Paul Joannides that debunked many of the myths around the sexual act.

“If anal turns you on, you are definitely not alone,” the article read.

“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,” it continued.

The article unabashedly discussed various aspects of anal sex — from health risks to how to ensure a good experience.

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A common misconception, Joannides said, comes from how it’s portrayed in pornography.

“Understand that the way you see anal sex portrayed in porn is about as real as how they drive cars in the The Fast and the Furious,” he explained. “[They don’t] show communication, feedback, or trust. Couples who do not have excellent sexual communication, who don’t freely give and receive feedback about what feels good and what doesn’t, and who don’t have a high level of trust should not be having anal sex.”

Another myth is that everyone is doing it. In fact, only about 10 to 15 percent of straight couples regularly partake, Joannides said.

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For couples interested in doing the deed, Joannides suggested they start by spend some time doing research and practicing.

“Both of you should read all you can about it first,” he said. “Spend a few weeks helping the receiving partner…relax. Make sure you and your partner have great sexual communication, trust, and that you both want to do it, as opposed to one trying to pressure the other, or not wanting to do it but doing it because you are afraid your partner will find someone else who will. Do not do it drunk or stoned… If it doesn’t feel good when it’s happening, stop.”

One thing Joannides doesn’t think couples need to be doing anytime soon? Talking to their kids about anal.

“I don’t see anal being at the top of most parents’ ‘should talk to our kids about’ lists,” he said. “There are more important things we need to be talking about first.”

goop’s Sex Issue also includes a discussion of the ethics of porn, a piece on the importance of sex education for young girls, a guide to having casual sex and, of course, a sex-themed shop featuring Paltrow-approved lingerie, oils and sex toys (because everyone needs a $795 massaging ring).