ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Jancy Richardson

Shailene Woodley is often teased for making unusual statements about vaginas — "if you live in a place that has heavy winters, when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine" — but she makes a valid point in a recent interview with Net a Porter:

“As a young woman, you don’t learn how to pleasure yourself, you don’t learn what an orgasm should be, you don’t learn that you should have feelings of satisfaction. If masturbation were taught in school, I wonder how [many] fewer people would get herpes aged 16, or pregnant at 14?”

Now, let's not get caught up with paranoia about the corruption of America's youth. Shailene is obviously being a little glib to draw attention to an important issue: female sexuality is often ignored, with girls being taught in Sex Ed that sex is a thing that boys will want, and girls will be pressured into.

Shailene Woodley speaks out regarding sex education. Image: THR
Shailene Woodley speaks out regarding sex education. Image: THR

Even in my relatively liberal schooling, I can't remember being told that girls would want to do it, too (or, equally, that boys might be freaked out by the idea). Sure, consent is a massively important issue, but to assume that girls are just not interested in sex on their own terms is insulting. Most Sex Ed can be summed up by the High Sparrow's dictum in Game of Thrones:

"Congress does not require desire on the woman’s part. Only patience."

For a biting critique of how society makes female masturbation — and, by extension, sexual pleasure in general — a taboo, check out artist Stephanie Sarley's work. In one piece, she suggestively touches fruit, forcing a comparison to female genitalia. Just stroking a strawberry was enough to get her work taken down from Instagram!

Stephanie Sarley suggestively strokes strawberries.
Stephanie Sarley suggestively strokes strawberries.

Any thoughts about Shailene Woodley's opinions on sex education and female sexuality?

For more info about sex education for youths that works, see Advocates for Youth.

Source: Net a Porter, Advocates For Youth, Stephanie Sarley, Celeb Mafia, THR