Emily Ratajkowski On The Taboo of Female Sexuality

The model discusses feminism and celebrating her sexuality after partnering with Planned Parenthood.

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Emily Ratajkowski seems like an unlikely candidate to talk about feminist issues. Given that the model is mostly known for starring in Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ video, a track that was roundly criticized for featuring lyrics that appeared to convey an abusive relationship, it would seem unlikely that she would be discussing female empowerment when it comes to sexuality.

However, as a partner of Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization which provides family planning and sex education to over 180 countries, Ratajkowski has proven herself to be more than capable of eloquently discussing birth control and the unfortunately taboo subject of female sexuality.

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“Talking about birth control, but also the empowerment of women and sexuality, is unfortunately still a taboo issue, which is really a shame,” the 24-year-old said in an interview with Refinery29. “And for me, I could have used more examples growing up, especially coming into my own sexuality, of women who are in the public eye that are comfortable and not afraid of being associated with that issue.

“I think it’s a really interesting indication, not only that this issue is still taboo and that people are afraid to be political, but that it is something women still feel ashamed of. I think celebrating and finding a joy in my sexuality has empowered me, personally and professionally.

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“I’ve spent my life feeling unashamed of my womanhood and confident in myself, and that has made navigating life less complicated in a misogynistic society, in my industry, and in my relationships with men and my friendships with other women.” 

She concluded: ” I’m lucky that I can wear what I want, sleep with who I want, and dance how I want, while still being a feminist.”

It’s great to see a woman in the modeling industry speaking openly about identifying as a feminist, and challenging tired misconceptions that feminism is about the oppression of sexuality when in actuality it’s anything but. 

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