The actress takes sexual education seriously, but thinks it's OK to learn and laugh.
Jessica Biel takes sexual education seriously, but also thinks it's OK to learn and laugh.
The 35-year-old actress has teamed up with WomanCare Global (WCG) to produce a series of videos as part of a new initiative called The Tryst Network that seeks to put a spotlight on sexual health in a humorous manner.
On Tuesday, Biel joined Saundra Pelletier, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Evofem Biosciences, at the 2018 MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles, and had a very real conversation about what she learned about her own body after giving birth to son Silas and what she's already teaching him about the human reproductive system.
"I still go back to this idea that it doesn't have to be so serious," Biel said.
"We're starting now. We're using technical terms," she said of talking to her and Justin Timberlake's 2-year-old son about his body. "We just talk about it. I know he's really young, but I really believe that if you start it this early that there's no shame."
The Sinner star also admitted that she felt somewhat clueless in her efforts to be healthy after the birth of Silas. "This idea of, 'I need to lose weight as fast as I possibly can, be skinny again and look fabulous again,'" she noted. "There's so much pressure outside, and there's kind of like this mom competition of how fast you can be skinny. That is actually the worst thing you can possibly do."
Biel continued, "You can't produce to feed your baby. That, for me, was a real shocker, like, whoa. I was really taught how to eat properly."
The actress also admitted that even before childbirth, she had some questions about how her body works. "When I was thinking about starting a family, obviously I know how to do it, but I didn’t quite know how to do it," she confided.
Further opening up about her sex life with Timberlake, Biel said proudly, "I feel like I [now] know my body well enough, I can tell ...if I'm not ready to have more kids, I'm not going to have sex on these days because I check myself out and I know. That to me makes me feel amazing because I don't have to take the pill anymore."
Stressing the importance that everyone be involved in these conversations, Biel proclaimed, "Men, we need you, we want you, and we know you never got an opportunity to learn. We’re going to tell you all about periods. It’s going to be good."
Here's more of Biel's empowering sex education talk: