Most women are still hesitant to talk about their sex life, especially masturbation, as it is still considered a taboo in most parts of the world. And Jane the Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez has recently revealed that she felt guilty for a long time for masturbating.
In her new interview with Bust magazine, the actress revealed that her guilt lasted way too long.
"I was definitely raised with [purity culture]. In all honesty, I used to feel guilty for masturbating," Rodriguez said.
She added: "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!"
Interestingly, Rodriguez is not the only actress who has opened up about touching herself.
Miley Cyrus once opened up about masturbation with an Instagram photo of a woman with her hand down in her pants, and captioned it, "A masturbate a day keeps the haters away."
Taylor Momsen too once said she was a promoter of masturbation.
"Don't sleep around – learn yourself first! Guys do, but girls don't. And that's why girls have so many bad experiences," she told The Guardian.
Back in May 2013, Rihanna promoted masturbation by sporting a Do It Yourself masturbation-themed T-shirt from Another Enemy.
YouTuber Hanna Witton also addressed the stigma associated with masturbation, saying, "When I was in school, people thought you were weird if you were a boy and didn't masturbate. And they also thought you were weird if you were a girl and you did masturbate."