You could know Elizabeth Banks greatest from the Starvation Video games and Pitch Good franchises. However she’s additionally intent on utilizing her public platform to boost consciousness about reproductive well being. In 2019 the actor, producer, and director grew to become chair of the Heart for Reproductive Rights’ Inventive Council. She’s been open about her infertility and feeling judged after having her sons through surrogate. Now Banks is taking a deeper dive into the sexual and reproductive well being realm with My Physique, My Podcast, the present she launched in partnership with Audible this July.
Within the podcast, which can have six episodes complete in season one, Banks discusses her early struggles with physique picture, rising up within the Catholic church and being conflicted about self-pleasure, her first sexual expertise, her long-standing menstrual ache, and extra. Banks additionally has a variety of company—together with Laverne Cox, Jameela Jamil, writer Peggy Orenstein, and even her mom—be part of the present to share their views on sexuality, together with the disgrace and stigma that encompass it.
Banks believes that intercourse schooling is a lifelong pursuit. As such, she’s on a quest to assist folks to see intercourse and sexuality as greater than one thing designed merely to make infants or to accommodate different folks (particularly, males).
Under, SELF caught up with Banks to listen to in regards to the tiny gesture she’s been revisiting to deepen her intimacy together with her husband, what it was wish to develop up in a family the place intercourse wasn’t shameful, and extra.
SELF: What impressed you to start out this podcast?
Elizabeth Banks: Pretty lately, my son turned 10. I used to be speaking to a number of the mothers of the ladies in his class about the way it’s fifth grade, and the ladies are going to start out getting their durations. And an alarm bell went off. I believed, Oh, man; puberty is coming and I’m unprepared—I would really like this to go nicely. After which I learn Ladies & Intercourse by Peggy Orenstein. It actually lit a fireplace underneath me as a girl, as an activist, as an advocate, as an artist, as a feminist. I believed, Wow, ladies will not be having lots of enjoyable with regards to intercourse. Intercourse continues to be so exceedingly shameful and tumultuous for therefore many individuals that we now have this enormous Me Too downside on the planet. And what’s it the foundation of all that?
That’s what I needed to delve into with this podcast. I attempted to current it in a light-weight, humorous manner, however after all, the underpinnings of it are all fairly critical. On the finish of the day, girls’s intercourse and sexuality are nonetheless very regulated. I needed to begin to attempt to change the dialog about that if potential.
You’ve talked about that you simply assume intercourse schooling is a lifelong pursuit. Is there something you’ve realized lately that you simply’ve been personally impressed by?
Placing pleasure first in life typically. We’ve this tradition of hookups, social media, and porn that teaches girls and ladies that intercourse is for male pleasure. It’s for making infants. It’s a transaction. You’re making an attempt to get one thing or keep secure. There’s an influence dynamic in it. And I simply thought, None of that’s good. None of that represents the intercourse that I’ve in my life as a married girl with my husband. How do I convey that it may be wholesome, enjoyable, intimate, and a part of your general well-being?
How was the subject of intercourse addressed in your family rising up?
We acquired the intercourse discuss fairly early on. And we had fixed check-ins. We had the books. We had The Teenage Physique E book and Our Our bodies, Ourselves. I bear in mind hand-drawn intercourse positions. It wasn’t like we sat across the dinner desk and talked about this. However it was clear that my dad and mom needed us to be told. They needed us to have sources. I had my interval very early in my life. My mother stated nobody informed her what was occurring when it occurred to her. She didn’t wish to have that for us. She felt that information was energy, and she or he needed her ladies to be empowered.