Date: October 20th, 2017
Dr. Jen Gunter is a gynaecologist from Canada who practices in San Francisco. She writes a blog discussing women’s health issues and debunking pseudoscience. She is known to wield the lasso of truth, just like Wonder Woman.
Jen became an internet sensation recently after challenging Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle company GOOP over some of their products. This included vaginal steaming and jade eggs. Jen’s blog posts got a lot of national and international media coverage. Here is some more information:
- Gwyneth Paltrow Admits She Doesn’t Know
- Uncensored Word from our Doctors
- GOOP Misogynistic Mansplaining Hit Job
Jen was invited to give a talk at Western University for homecoming 2017. She contacted me about doing a SGEM podcast we had been talking about for the last few years. Rather than doing a structured critical review of a recent publication, I suggested doing the first SGEM Facebook Live event.
In preparation for the Super Hero of Science Event a YouTube Save the Date video and a Movie Trailer were created. The movie trailer featured Jen, #BatDoc and Tim Caulfield. Tim is a law professor from Edmonton who wrote the book: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash.
A number of smart, skeptical people were invited to the bat cave for a tweet-up followed by a live interview of Jen. You can watch the 30 minute Facebook Live interview by clicking on this link or listen to it on iTunes.
Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine.