We’ve never looked at Jessica Biel and thought, “Now she’d be a great sex ed teacher!” but now that the actress and new mom has announced her newest venture, we’re certainly not opposed to the idea.
Biel is teaming up with Saundra Pelletier, the founder of non-profit health care organization WomenCare Global, to release a series of sex ed videos that are intended to make girls—and women long past puberty—better informed when it comes to topics like contraception, menstruation, and all the other sometimes-mysterious inner workings of the female body.
Biel admitted that when she went off birth control to try for a baby with husband Justin Timberlake, she didn’t know which way was up—when is the right time to have sex if you want to conceive? How hard will it be to get pregnant after stopping the Pill? “Suddenly I realized I really didn’t know what’s going on inside my own body,” she told Glamour.
It’s a fair cause: only 22 states in America require sex education in public schools, and to this day, nobody really talks about the basics unless they’re required to. There’s also the fact that girls often feel ashamed to discuss, or even to have, their periods. Biel gets it. She says, “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? We want girls to know what their [body is going through] so they don’t feel scared or ashamed or gross.”
The videos, called Then Who Will?, will be found at womencareglobal.org—right now, you can see Pelletier introduce the initiative on camera. Biel says, “We share girl stories, fears, and insecurities. The tone is informative but also goofy, smart, witty.” It’s about time a familiar face discusses “murky” feminine topics in a way we can all understand.