Shailene Woodley is no stranger to being brutally honest about how she views things—especially when it comes to sex and sexual education. And a recent interview with Net-A-Porter's The Edit proved to be no exception. The 24-year-old actress unabashedly said that we should forget the ho-hum condom-on-the-banana sex ed class. Instead, Woodley wants schools to start teaching masturbation classes.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Divergent star and supporting actress in this month's Snowden has some strong feelings about the art of the orgasm—so many feelings, in fact, that she wants to write a book on it. "As a young woman you don't learn how to pleasure yourself, you don't learn what an orgasm should be, you don't learn that you should have feelings of satisfaction," she told The Edit. "I've always had a dream of making a book called There's No Right Way to Masturbate. If masturbation were taught in school, I wonder how [many] fewer people would get herpes aged 16, or pregnant at 14?"
This isn't the first time Shailene has made empowering—if not controversial—statements about sex. She's spoken candidly about getting naked on screen, how we should never feel ashamed about our bodies, and why absinence-only sex education in schools doesn't work. Last year, she even told us all we should be giving our vaginas a little vitamin D.
As far as curbing the rates of STDs and pregnancy in teens goes, though, the concept of masturbation classes may be a hard-sell. Currently there's no concrete data on its effectiveness (likely because this isn't something that's happening in schools right now), although some organizations do advocate self-pleasure as a smart thing to teach teens.
Whether you think signing up for Self-Pleasure 101 between history and math takes things too far, Shailene is right about one thing: Masturbation does have major health benefits. Not only can regular solo sessions help you figure out what you actually like when it comes to sex, it can also help you sleep, ease cramps, and even help prevent UTIs.
Still not sure? Study up with these 5 Masturbation Tips For A Mind-Blowing Solo Session.