"We were raised to feel so uncomfortable with ourselves."

By Christopher Luu
Sep 18, 2020 @ 8:11 pm

No stranger to vagina-related controversy, Gwyneth Paltrow said that she and Cardi B are simply doing their part to tear down the patriarchy and normalize vaginas for everyone. She told Elle that every vagina-inspired candle and song that celebrates "WAP" brings everyone a little bit closer to pushing things away from the status quo and making people more comfortable talking about their bodies.

"It's all part of the crumbling patriarchy," Paltrow said. "And I think that we're all changing it by releasing, like, a punk rock, feminist candle and Cardi B is changing it by her incredible lyrical prowess. You have to push, you have to go too far. You have to have a 'WAP' song or a 'Smells Like My Vagina' candle. So people are like, 'What is this?' And they freak out. And then the center moves a little bit more this way. It's a process that happens over time."

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She notes that growing up, she was accustomed to feel uncomfortable with her body — and that feeling was something she got from her mother. By having "WAP" out there, Paltrow says that's changing. So, any critics out there that feel the need to call her out for creating a conversation-starting candle can 

"But women, especially my generation, and my mother's generation, we were raised to feel so uncomfortable with ourselves and it's bullshit. It's not cool," she added. "We have to be integrated and love ourselves, love every part, and integrate all of the parts of ourselves. So I think it's a good part of the process."