Scarlett Johansson tells it like it is.
The actress spoke out against the negative stigma surrounding female sexuality in the July issue of Cosmopolitan, saying it should not be “taboo” for women to talk about sex.
“When women talk about enjoying sex, it’s almost forbidden,” she said. “Just having a healthy sexual attitude, you are labeled as loose, wild, a slut.”
She continued: “You have no morals, and you’re seen as some kind of sexual deviant or someone who can’t be in a monogamous relationship. The minute you talk about enjoying yourself, being curious, that is still taboo.”
Johansson also spoke about her support of Planned Parenthood and why there needs to be a larger conversation about accessible health care for women.
“I hope it normalizes the conversation. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be talking about our reproductive rights. They’re something we have to fight for and continue to protect,” she said. “There’s nothing icky about talking about that stuff. Of course, it’s private and it’s your body, but we should take the stigma away.”
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And while Johansson admits it can be risky to talk about such controversial subjects, she wants to set a good example for her 2-year-old daughter, Rose Dorothy.
“Whenever you speak publicly, it’s always a risk, right? Maybe you’ll lose some followers. But if you have something to say, it can be really impactful,” she said. “I hope my daughter finds her voice and feels like she can engage anyone in any number of topics. I grew up in an environment that encouraged activism, so I never thought about the effect that it would have on my career at any stage. But I know it’s a luxury, and not everybody has that luxury.”