Wellness is a multi-trillion dollar industry, primarily marketed to women. From “pH balancing” diets and “yoni” eggs, to “natural” cures. Offered under the guise of empowerment and self-improvement, the modern wellness movement is simply a successful rebranding of pseudoscience and patriarchy for profit. It isn’t filing the gaps left by medicine, it is capitalizing on those deficiencies as well as on society’s inability to have non-sophomoric discussions about sex. Dr. Jen knows the Age of Information is now the Age of Misinformation, and it is her mission to give a source of truth to women and men everywhere. She’ll unpack the pseudoscience, the predatory language, and the societal pressures and shine a light on the dark underbelly of the wellness industry.
Dr. Jen Gunter is an OB/GYN and pain medicine physician, author of The Vagina Bible and host of Jensplaining (CBC Gem). She writes about sexual health for the New York Times (The Cycle and You Asked). Her mission is to build a better medical Internet. She has been called Twitter’s gynecologist, the Internet’s OB/GYN, and a fierce advocate for women’s health. She has also been called “strangely confident” by GOOP.com. One day she hopes to ask Gwyneth Paltrow for the physics equation that explains how a jade egg can be recharged with lunar energy.
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This talk took place at the CSICon 2019 in Las Vegas on October 18th, 2019