Scarlett Johansson is no wallflower.
The “Ghost in the Shell” star is taking the cover of Cosmopolitan this month and taking aim at the stigma surrounding female sexuality.
Speaking with the magazine about a number of hot-button issues, the actress first shared her thoughts on the double standards regarding female sexual liberation. “When women talk about enjoying sex, it’s almost forbidden. Just having a healthy sexual attitude, you are labelled as loose, wild, a slut,” she told Cosmo. “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.”
She continued, telling the magazine that “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.”
“There’s nothing icky about talking about that stuff,” she added. “Of course, it’s private and it’s your body, but we should take the stigma away.”
Though many stars have come under fire for being vocal about sexual health, Johansson said she’s willing to take a chance in order to protect her rights and inspire her daughter, Rose Dorothy Dauriac.
“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,” Johansson explained. “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,” she concluded.