Vaginal Mysticism: Women’s Health and Celebrity Culture

Vaginal Mysticism: Women’s Health and Celebrity Culture

New on my blog: Many people understand that celebrities are not health experts, yet the media persist on giving them a public forum to share their health and lifestyle advice. A popular young American actress, Shailene Woodley, has reportedly suggested that genital yeast infection and other genital conditions can be cured by exposing vaginas to sunlight. She says she read this advice in an article by “an herbalist.” The media has repeated this advice and even recommended it with relish.

Young women who have limited access to sexual health education and who may not understand their bodies do not need to be exposed to pseudoscience. The individual musings of celebrities can be ignored at the individual level. At the social level, however, the media have cultural authority and a responsibility to inform readers about health issues. This is done by drawing on expert advice, not egging on damaging celebrity endorsements.

Read more: http://buff.ly/1qhzQnu #sociology #health #feminism #junkscience

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