Dr. Oz Has a Long History of Being Extremely Creepy to—and About—Women

Dr. Oz Has a Long History of Being Extremely Creepy to—and About—Women

Pennsylvania, do you want to elect a man who's described his penis in detail on television?

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In between getting mercilessly dunked upon by his opponent, John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Republican candidate for Senate, Mehmet Oz, spends his time being extremely creepy to women.

He once founded an app that can possibly track abortion patients (and that is still live today), and throughout his years in the public eye—in interviews, at campaign events, and of course in his years of hosting The Dr. Oz Show—he’s had a pattern of making sexual, highly uncomfortable comments to or about women, ranging from calling his wife “an animal” in bed, to describing his genitals in detail, to asking Martha Stewart point-blank, “What is sex like at your age?”

At this critical moment for abortion (and women’s rights in general), elections are vital to enacting legislation that protects our most basic rights and recognizes us as human fucking beings. Something tells me that a man obsessed with appraising other men’s wives’ hotness (a habit that bears a horrific resemblance to a previous president-slash-sexual-assaulter) and singling out women at his campaign events for their “smile” isn’t exactly going to be the champion we need—especially when Oz, after years of flip-flopping, is decidedly anti-abortion and has spent much of his life pushing harmful health myths.

Read on for further creepy comments from the Republican (and noted New Jersey resident) that Pennsylvania voters should keep in mind.

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“Watching [her] pretty smile the whole” event

“Watching [her] pretty smile the whole” event

At an April campaign event, Oz took a question from a female attendee—but not before telling her, “I’ve been watching your pretty smile the whole time.” Maybe…don’t tell your women supporters you’ve been creeping on them??

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Asking you to picture him next to you in bed “doing exactly what you want him to do”

Asking you to picture him next to you in bed “doing exactly what you want him to do”

In his final pitch to Pennsylvania primary voters in May, Oz took an, uh, unorthodox approach in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show. First, he spelled out a number of standard, valid political issues, from gas prices to baby formula. His solution to these very real issues? Picture him in bed, servicing you!

“So, when you go to bed at night, put your head on that soft pillow, you know, Oz will be doing exactly what you want him to do, if you’re there next to him,” he said.

Thanks, but I think I’d rather picture my own slow, painful death.

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Saying he’s turned on by his own magazine covers

Saying he’s turned on by his own magazine covers

One thing men should not do is talk about their penis or masturbation habits unprompted. Apparently, Oz hasn’t gotten the memo on this: Following a cover shoot featuring Oz holding a bowl of pasta in 2012, a TMZ reporter confronted and informed him “everybody’s talking about your bulge.” His response? “Don’t you pay attention? I’m holding a bowl of pasta. It was very exciting to me to do that. And next thing I know it’s on the cover shot.”

Of a 2011 magazine cover featuring Oz, the Senate candidate confessed, “Now, I’m going to tell you something, I brought the picture, be honest with me, I’m touching myself. You like that, by the way?” Not really, no!

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Being the creepiest “wife guy” of all

Being the creepiest “wife guy” of all

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I can appreciate a passionate “wife guy” but Oz takes the bit too far—like, way too far. In a 2012 interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush (you remember him!), Oz called his wife “an animal,” who always “wants it” (at least “three times a week”).

But he doesn’t just make lewd comments about his own wife, Lisa. He’s left almost no wives unspared from his violating gaze. Joining a radio segment in March, he started by telling the host, “First off, your wife is drop dead gorgeous. You have good taste in women, so kudos to you and her.”

He also of course had plenty to say about the wives of guests on his now defunct talk show, The Dr. Oz Show. While promoting a mattress cooler on his show in 2010, he got into bed with a guest, lay next to her, caressed her, and said her husband would be “enjoying himself” if he were in Oz’s position.

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Forcing us to picture his penis

Forcing us to picture his penis

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I’m still reeling from Oz inviting us to picture him in bed next to me, but it somehow gets worse. In 2014, on The Dr. Oz Show, he offered a pretty graphic description of his penis and testicles, showing a guest a model set of male genitalia and at one point asking them to squeeze one of the balls: “Mine goes to the left. The penis bends to where the testicle is lower. So it actually has room to bend. And that’s a very natural thing to happen. … I brought you something even better. That is a testicle. Here. Now squeeze that.”

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Getting in bed with a married couple and soliciting the man’s wife

Getting in bed with a married couple and soliciting the man’s wife

Dr. Oz talks about sex, orgasms, love, and the G-spot

In a 2012 segment on The Dr. Oz Show, Oz literally got into bed with married couples, positioned himself between them, and asked one woman to “just tell me in private, whisper in my ear, what do you wish [your husband] would do differently?”

For the love of God, can we please elect a senator who a) respects a woman’s personal space, and b) doesn’t treat women like sex objects??

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Giving dating advice for men that dehumanizes women

Giving dating advice for men that dehumanizes women

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I can think of nothing grosser than dating advice catered to men that treats women like livestock to be broken in, tamed, and manipulated, and be milked for sex like cows. Unfortunately, that is all advice that Oz actually gave to male readers and listeners! In a 2009 column for Esquire, he told men to “start foreplay” earlier with nice acts for their wives: “Think ahead. Foreplay for women starts the day before. For men, it’s about six minutes before you have sex. If you want to have sex tomorrow, do something nice today…Like most males, if I start foreplay about a half hour ahead of time, I get nothing.”

But wait, there’s more! In another Esquire column (Esquire, why??), he advised his readers: “Give her some chocolate. Don’t mention that you’re giving it to her because chocolate contains phenylethylamine, tryptophan, and anandamide, which have been shown to elicit horniness. Women love chocolate.” Not only does this sound like the twisted cousin of a “women be shopping” routine, he apparently thinks women will do whatever you want in exchange for a little treat.

And proving that none of this is about women’s pleasure or enjoyment, he also told the magazine that men shouldn’t wear deodorant or antiperspirants, instead having woman smell their “pure, fresh sweat” to make them fall in love. Something tells me not a single woman was consulted for any of this advice, and I get it—why bother??? Clearly we’re just animals who lack opinions and preferences about these things!

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Suggesting quarantining couples should just “make some babies”

Suggesting quarantining couples should just “make some babies”

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At the height of the pandemic, when people were losing their lives and livelihoods left and right, Oz prescribed couples who were living together and feeling a bit stressed to “get rid of the tension” by having tons of sex and maybe “[make] some babies” in an interview with TMZ. “If you’re both quarantining and you both have the virus and you’re both healthy, go ahead,” he said.

(Incidentally, the massive increase in women’s caretaking and domestic responsibilities during the pandemic—coupled with the rapid decline of access to reproductive care like abortion—convinced many women and pregnant-capable people to delay or not have children altogether.)

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Asking Martha Stewart how sex is for women “at her age”

Asking Martha Stewart how sex is for women “at her age”

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Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart has already served her time, yet Oz seemed determined to punish her further in a super uncomfortable appearance on The Dr. Oz Show in 2018. At one point, he asked, “Are you looking for love or are you looking for sex?” Then he followed up with, “What is sex like at your age?” Stewart handled the questions as gracefully as someone in her shoes could, responding: “I’m not old, I’m young. See, can you imagine? Dr. Oz, that is terrible… That is pretty awful, to ask a woman that.”

Oz’s response? “It’s true.”

Pennsylvania, please do not send this man to the Senate.

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