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Let's Talk About…Sex-Ed With Gwyneth Paltrow

Let's Talk About…Sex-Ed With Gwyneth Paltrow
From WWD - July 14, 2017

Who are you when no one is watching? Whats your secret desire and whats holding you back from going after it?

As Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts mulled over their answers to those deep questions on Thursday night, an intimate crowd filed into the second-floor private dining room at Dirty French. A fitting location, given the theme of the evening: desire.

Echoing that, there were many forbidden fruits on display. A plum, carefully placed in the center of each dinner setting. A spread of pomegranates and berries littering the long candlelit dinner table for 20. Watts, who per p.r. instruction, was not under any circumstances to be quoted at any point. Which was a shame, since the actress stars in the recent Netflix series Gypsy, which the room had in fact come together to celebrate.

Paltrow, and by extension her lifestyle media outlet Goop, took up hosting duties along with Netflix and psychotherapist Esther Perel. To promote intimacy, the evening began with each seated guest introducing themselves.

When we started talking about how we might celebrate my old friend Naomi [Watts]s new showwhich I havent seen yet, but which everyones obsessed withwe thought it would be really interesting to create an intimate dinner where it was women only, where we could talk about some of the themes of the show: womens sexuality and desire, Paltrow told the room, shortly before the all-male waitstaff passed around a course of oysters and pens to write down their answers to the questions presented before them on desire cards.

[Perel] is one of the most brilliant people Ive ever met in my life, Paltrow added before passing the room over to Perel to answer the stack of questions and then some. And Ive had to eat dinner with Elon Musk.

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