Alumni News: Dr. Jen Gunter advocates for women's health with new book and CBC series
For years she's been "wielding the lasso of truth" online. Now resident alumna Dr. Jen Gunter, who completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, is tackling women's health issues with a new show on CBC Gem.
With humour and expertise, Jensplaining explores some of the dangerous myths around wellness, weight-loss, beauty and sex.
Dr. Gunter's mantra is simple: "You can't provide unbiased information and sell a product at the same time."
"[The wellness boom is] very predatory in a lot of ways and very ignorant about health," she added in a CBC primer for the show. "These things are weaponized against women, so it's really fascinating that wellness says it's feminism — it's actually not. It's the opposite. Wellness is the patriarchy."
Dr. Gunter also recently released her first book, The Vagina Bible, a comprehensive guide to information about the vagina and vulva. With 25 years of clinical experience, she knows the questions women (and men) have about female sexual health and seeks to answer them with accurate and empowering information.
As a champion for science communication, Dr. Gunter was featured in the School's 2017 issue of Rapport Magazine. She spoke about calling out misinformation and harmful products. "The more good information we put out there, the more we can push down the bad information."