Parents' Guide to

Sex, Love & Goop

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Frank talk, lots of bodies in moving sex reality show.

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Is It Any Good?

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Honest and surprisingly touching, this show about sexual health and intimacy between couples transcends awkwardness to become a moving look at partners pleasing each other in and out of the bedroom. The couples are diverse (in terms of age, race, background, gender, body type) but all share a common issue: They have problems in their relationship that are affecting their sex lives. As we meet them one by one, the couples explain what they believe to be the problems impeding their intimacy, then they are matched with sexual health practitioners who lead them through exercises designed to break through their boundaries and allow them to safely express their own sexual feelings while tending to their partner's needs.

The results are positively moving. One couple, Damon and Erika, share a rather sitcom-ish sexual dilemma as the show begins: He wants more sex than she does; while she feels beleaguered, he feels rejected. Within a few moments they're talking to "somatic sexologist" Jaiya Ma, who says with pride that her job is to help couples have a "hot and juicy sex life." She instructs Erika and Damon to strip down in turn, and then lie on a table while the other explores what kind of touch makes their spouse twitch and jump. Damon's experience is so intense that he gets goosebumps, followed by tears. Looking over the footage, Paltrow remarks what a rare sight Damon's reaction is, when men are typically depicted in all forms of media as being aggressors rather than recipients of pleasure. It's true. And insightful. Viewers who primarily know the Goop brand through jokes about Paltrow and her jade egg may be surprised to find how genuinely affecting Sex, Love & Goop can be.

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