Scarlett Johansson Speaks Out on Stigma of Female Sexuality

Scarlett Johansson is a public supporter of Planned Parenthood and the access to healthcare that the organization represents (another highly stigmatized issue).

“There’s no reason we shouldn't be talking about our reproductive rights,” she told the Cosmopolitan magazine. “They're something we have to fight for and continue to protect. There’s nothing icy about talking about that stuff. Of course, It’s private and it’s your body, but we should take the stigma away.”

She took photos for the magazine and was also vocal about the issues she’s passionate about. For the July issue, she faces many of those subjects head on. First up: people who have a problem with women talking about sex.

“When women talk about enjoying sex, it’s almost forbidden. Just having a healthy sexual attitude, you are labeled as loose, wild, a slut,” she told magazine. “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 also talks about her concerns for her daughters future, 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 really have an impact. 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.”

Johansson is not pleased with the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her stance for women’s rights.

"I’m not asking for her to come out and talk about something she doesn't believe in...I know it’s complicated. It’s her father. Can you imagine? Maybe she’s afraid she’ll be abandoned. It’s hard to put yourself in somebody’s position like that. But how do you move the needle in one direction or the other? Hopefully, she’ll make a courageous choice and stand up for what she believes in whatever that might be,” ScarJo.