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You probably know of Gwyneth Paltrow. She starred in Glee, Iron Man and Avengers Assemble.
She's also had a number of high-profile relationships with Brad Pitt, Chris Martin and Ben Affleck.
Now, some are saying the actress may have revealed a bit much about her personal life, and indeed her former lovers, as she's published a guide on anal sex. But why is that a bad thing?
On her website, The Goop, she rarely shies away from the topic of sex, often giving advice on sex toys, lube, bondage and all that carry on. In her latest newsletter - The Sex Issue - she touched on the backdoor, often an avoided orifice, speaking with an expert on the matter.
She said that if you find yourself enjoying the once taboo sex act, then you're not alone.
"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," she began. "If anal turns you on, you are definitely not alone," she continued. "But its prevalence doesn't change the fact that it's the riskiest sexual behaviour in terms of HIV and other STDs."
Speaking to research psychoanalyst Paul Joannides, Psy.D, they found stats that say 30 to 40 percent of straight women and men have tried anal. Paul, an expert on the subject, claims that it was at the halfway point in the Noughties when the line between the vagina and rectum became very mixed.
"Porn had totally blurred the distinction between a woman's anus and vagina," he said. "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."
It has become pretty common, but there are dangers that are being highlighted. It's still important that lube is used when entering the domain, although that still doesn't alleviate the risks.
"During anal intercourse you're basically putting a plunger up someone's butt. Accidents are likely to happen at one time or another," Paul says. "Pain is an important indicator that damage can occur if you don't make the necessary adjustments, including stopping."
Alongside the do's and don'ts of anal intercourse, Gwyneth gives a round up of sex toys, as well as some outfits for women to try out.
So, Gwyneth is giving solid advice. Fair play for raising this awareness. There are countless examples of the risks.
For instance, Emma Phillips (pictured below), from Wallasey, Merseyside pressed down on her stomach to find that her boyfriend, Lee, had managed to get a sex toy stuck in her anus.
Credit: Mercury Press
Luckily, they saw the funny side, but they did realise she needed urgent medical help. They had been drinking, so neither of them could drive to the hospital. They had to call an ambulance, which prompted a very awkward but important phone call.
So, don't say you've not been warned. Gwyneth is setting the example in highlighting the risks. Don't let this happen to you - take precautions.
Featured Image Credit: PA
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