The stigma attached to female masturbation is far from being a thing of the past — but we're getting there, folks. We're getting there.
Not to bust your bubble or anything, but 89% of women have admitted to touching themselves. That number shouldn't be shocking — and it isn't — but there will be those who are still uncomfortable with that fact. How dare a woman please herself, right?
Female sexuality is threatening.
Thankfully, more women are normalizing the social taboo by simply talking about it more.
In an interview with Bust Magazine, Gina Rodriguez opened up about her experience with masturbation and it's honestly so refreshing to read.
When the topic of purity culture was raised, she told the magazine,
"I was definitely raised with that. In all honesty, I used to feel guilty for masturbating. Oh my god, this extreme guilt! And that lasted way too long. Or maybe I masturbated too much! It’s OK to look back in retrospect and be like, it wasn’t good that I felt bad about touching myself. And it isn’t bad that I want to share my love with my boyfriend. I’m 32 years old, I’m an adult, I can do that!"
What Rodriguez felt is something a lot of women have been told to feel about exploring their sexuality: shame.
Perhaps if there were more women sharing their stories about sexual pleasure when she was growing up, the "Jane the Virgin" actress wouldn't have felt embarrassed. But now she gets to be that voice for people and let them know it's OK — in fact, it's a good thing.
According to Planned Parenthood, "Masturbation isn’t unhealthy or bad for you at all. Masturbation can actually be good for your health." And Vanessa Cullins, M.D., told Refinery29, "Negative feelings about masturbation can threaten our health and well-being."
So, yes, Gina Rodrigues masturbates and has sex and you probably do, too. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Go forth and get off!