Biel, inspired by the questions she had when she decided to try for a baby, has teamed up with activist Saundra Pelletier to teach girls about their bodies
Jessica Biel has unveiled plans to start her own sex education series online, in a bid to teach women more about their bodies
Inspired by questions she had while trying to conceive, the actress has teamed up with activist Saundra Pelletier to educate women on how their bodies work.
Now the mother of 5-month-old Silas Randal, Biel recalls what a confusing time it was for her when she got off birth control, and was left with questions like “I’ve been on the pill for so long; how hard will it be to get pregnant?”
“Suddenly I realized I really didn’t know what’s going on inside my own body,” Biel, 33, told Glamour. “It was shocking.”
Pelletier, founder of the non-profit WomanCare Global, had experience helping women and girls in Africa who didn’t have access to menstrual protection, but only just focused her efforts on the need for information in the United States.
“More than half of our nations pregnancies are unplanned, and just 22 states require public schools to teach sex education,” Pelletier, 46, said in the interview. “Jessica and I realized we can help change this.”
Biel added, “you have to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in.”
With that in mind, the pair is launching a series of videos that will discuss issues that affect women, including everything from puberty to contraception. Their hope for the videos, which will be shared at womancareglobal.org, is that by helping girls better understand their bodies; they won’t feel embarrassed or afraid of what’s happening.
“I was in a school play [when I started my period], wearing a gray beard and this pad the size of a skateboard and thinking what is happening to me,” Biel adds. “We want girls to know what their [body is going through] so they don’t feel scared or ashamed or gross.”
Their plan is to share “girl stories, fears, and insecurities” in a way that is informative, but still “goofy, smart [and] witty.”
Eventually Pelletier plans to bring down the number of unplanned pregnancies by reaching more girls on a variety of platforms.
“We need to get young adults this information in a variety of ways,” she told Glamour. “There is power and dignity in understanding your body.”