There’s a moment of clarity after you have a baby. It hits you like a roundhouse from Ronda Rousey that you are responsible for this tiny human, who is going to rely on you for everything and they are what matter most in the world. Pure unconditional love. And despite the typical initial worries, a confidence emerges inside, and banishes any insecurities you once felt about anything and everything because nothing else matters.
That’s what happened to Jessica Biel. She and Justin Timberlake welcomed their son, Silas Randall, in April but before all that, when they decided they were going to try for a baby, she realized she didn’t quite understand how her body works.
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“I’ve been on the Pill for so long; how hard will it be to get pregnant?” she recalled to Glamour magazine. “Suddenly I realized I really didn’t know what’s going on inside my own body. It was shocking.”
She’s not the only one. So now, Biel wants to help other confused women understand the intricacies of their bodies, particularly the reproductive systems. Jess has teamed up with activist Saundra Pelletier, the founder of non-profit health care organization WomanCareGlobal, to launch an educational video series that covers topics like puberty, contraception, menstruation and STDs.
While the topics they’re discussing are often considered taboo, Biel remembers her sense of embarrassment when she got her period in the fifth grade. “We want girls to know what their [body is going through] so they don’t feel scared or ashamed or gross.” The plan? To “share girl stories, fears, and insecurities” in a way that’s “informative but also goofy, smart, witty.”
The series launches Sept. 28 and can be seen at womancareglobal.org. Let’s talk about sex, shall we?