Jessica Biel is hoping to be the “everything you wanted to know about sex, but were afraid to ask” sex education teacher for every female, and furthering that ambition, Biel has teamed up with activist Saundra Pelletier.
Jessica reveals that her desire to become a source of information about sex and reproductive education stems from her own experiences. Specifically, concerns were raised, when Ms. Biel and husband Justin Timberlake had started to plan on having their first child, which followed a peroid of Jessica having been on birth control for over two years.
“Now what happens? I’ve been on the Pill for so long; how hard will it be to get pregnant,” Jessica wondered.
Glamour reports that Biel found herself concerned with basic health facts, regarding the use of birth control pills.
“Suddenly I realized I really didn’t know what’s going on inside my own body,”said 33-year-old Jessica. “It was shocking.”
It was around that time that Ms. Biel and Saundra Pelletier, founder of WomanCare Global, met up with Jessica flooding Ms. Pelletier with the questions that had been creating so much concern for the actress. Saundra expressed her own concern to Biel over the ignorance with which so many young girls are raised.
“For girls, life was all about who they married and how many kids they were going to have,” Pelletier said of the area in which she lived. “Understanding how their body worked to make those choices wasn’t talked about.”
“More than half of our nation’s pregnancies are unplanned, and just 22 states require public schools to teach sex education,” says Saundra, who’s also CEO of the biotech company Evofem. “Jessica and I realized we can help change this.”
ABC News reports that Biel and Pelletier have joined together to create a series of online videos that will cover a wide range of sex education topics, including subjects most teens might feel embarrassed to ask about, including puberty and menstruation issues.
“I was in a school play, wearing a gray beard and this pad the size of a skateboard and thinking, What is happening to me?” Ms. Biel recalled of her own embarrassing moment. “We want girls to know what their [body is going through] so they don’t feel scared or ashamed or gross.”
“We share girl stories, fears, and insecurities. The tone is informative but also goofy, smart, witty,” Jessica says of the WomanCare Global project.
[Featured image: Jessica Biel and Saundra Pelletier courtesy of Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.]