Scarlett Johansson: Women are labeled ‘sluts’ for having a healthy sexual attitude

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Scarlett Johansson covers the July issue of Cosmopolitan to promote her R-rated comedy Rough Night. Scarlett is really hoping that a raunchy, girl-centric comedy will help people forget about Ghost in the Shell and how badly it bombed, and how Scarlett lied her face off about the whitewashing in the film. My guess is that Scarlett just wants to move on completely and change the subject. Which is why she talked a lot about reproductive rights and abortion in this Cosmo interview.

On sharing her political beliefs: “Whenever you speak publicly, it’s always a risk, right? Maybe you’ll lose some followers. But if you have something to say, it can be really impactful. I hope my daughter finds her voice and feels like she can engage anyone in any number of topics. I grew up in an environment that encouraged activism, so I never thought about the effect that it would have on my career at any stage. But I know it’s a luxury, and not everybody has that luxury.”

On advocating for Planned Parenthood: “I hope it normalizes the conversation. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be talking about our reproductive rights. They’re something we have to fight for and continue to protect. There’s nothing icky about talking about that stuff. Of course, it’s private and it’s your body, but we should take the stigma away.”

On Ivanka Trump’s ‘quiet’ activism: “I’m not asking her to come out and talk about something she doesn’t believe in…I know it’s complicated. It’s her father. Can you imagine? Maybe she’s afraid she’ll be abandoned. It’s hard to put yourself in somebody’s position like that. But how do you move the needle in one direction or the other? Hopefully, she’ll make a courageous choice and stand up for what she believes in — whatever that might happen to be.”

On the taboo of women and sex: “When women talk about enjoying sex, it’s almost forbidden. Just having a healthy sexual attitude, you are labeled as loose, wild, a slut. You have no morals, and you’re seen as some kind of sexual deviant or someone who can’t be in a monogamous relationship. The minute you talk about enjoying yourself, being curious, that is still taboo.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

For a few days, Cosmo hadn’t released any quotes online, but suspiciously, several conservative sites have gotten their hands on a few of the quotes about Planned Parenthood. The sites were making a big deal, it seems, about Scarlett not apologizing for being pro-choice. Good for her. As for what she says… I don’t have a problem with anything she’s saying, but then again, I’ve always been pro-choice. She’s right that we do need to remove the stigma of advocating for reproductive rights and talking about our bodies and our reproductive needs, and many celebrity women (Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, off the top of my head) do and say a lot to support reproductive rights. I’m sure some people – anti-choice activists – will try to make Scarlett “the face” of Planned Parenthood, or try to boycott her films or whatever. I appreciate that Scarlett is all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about it.

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  1. MissAmanda says:

    i’m not her biggest fan, but I’m still so in love with that striped dress!

  2. naomipaige says:

    I don’t know about ya’ll, but I think it’s time for this chick to STFU!!!!!

    • Dyanmoon says:

      Wow. No it’s not time for her to STFU

    • Alp says:

      just came to post: girl needs to shut up lol

      • Jensies says:

        And…why? Girl is telling no lies in these quotes.

      • Alp says:

        girl is coming out with this thinly veiled sex positive, woman are not meant for monogamy stuff to justify cheating on her husband. + all her empowering crap is fake, she’s a racist, faux feminist e.g. it’s feminism if it benefits me crap. she irritated the hell out of me trying to justify her whitewashing, and is irritating me now.

      • Amide says:

        Exactly. And let’s not forget her activism for Sodastream.😔

      • teacakes says:

        @Alp – she has been saying sex-positive/anti monogamy stuff since she was 19, and has spoken in support of reproductive rights/PP since the DNC in 2008.

        She deserves the dragging she got for GitS but on this particular subject, she’s not some johnny-come-lately trying to pick a ‘safe’ cause for activist rebranding points – she’s been on this train from Day 1.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        ” to justify cheating on her husband”

        What? That is quite a leap.

      • CynicalAnn says:

        @Amide-I thought it was great that she worked with SodaStream.

  3. marc kile says:

    Roughly translated i cheated on my husband and she can’t understand why he’s mad about it.

    • Algernon says:

      Roughly translated, you just proved her point.

      • Mia4s says:

        Nope sorry. I applaud her pro-choice stance and support of Planned Parenthood but cheating on your husband (if that’s what happened) and decrying monogamy after marrying is not a healthy or admirable sexual attitude. If you stay unmarried go ahead and sleep with a different man every night, great, bravo, good for you. But if you get married you make a commitment and a promise. No one held a gun to her at the altar so to speak.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Why are people so convinced that she cheated in her marriage? If she did, WTF does that have to do with anything? I am so bewildered by the leaping to conclusions and the judgment.

    • Jensies says:

      What does that have to do with talking about advocating for reproductive rights and getting rid of the double standard inherent in talking about women’s sexuality? Also do you have any proof that she cheated on her husband and that’s what ended their marriage? No? Cool, then take several seats.

      • L says:

        @ Jensies: +1 million. I couldn’t have said it better.

      • teacakes says:


      • Otaku Fairy says:

        This. To be honest though, sometimes I find myself guiltily thinking that it’s not a good idea for famous women to bring up anything other than the non-traditional opinion on monogamy at any point in their careers because that opens you up to cheating rumors and for people to dismiss anything you say about these kinds of issues as a cover for infidelity.

  4. KLO says:

    Everything she said sounds well thought out and intelligent. The cover is beautiful.
    Plus, I loved Ghost in the Shell. That is all.

  5. PIa says:

    Whoa, surprised to see some of the comments regarding ScarJo.

    She is right about a women having autonomy over her relationships and her body, no need to shut her down.

    • Jensies says:

      Yeah, did not expect her to bring all the trolls out, but here we are.

    • anna says:

      absolutely. it really upsets me how people wont appreciate her activism but bitch about her divorce. are you her husband? then you don’t know what you’re talking about. the solidarity with a supposedly wronged spouse never ceases to amaze me.

    • teacakes says:

      I wonder if those people would say the same about Audrey Hepburn (committed and lifelong humanitarian and UN goodwill ambassador who was widely rumoured to have cheated on her first husband with a costar).

      The outrage over celebrity private lives and imagined cheating, is ridiculous.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        It’s a nice little example of why blind gossip sucks. People get so angry about ‘affairs’ without having any proof that they happened.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      Yeah-jeez. She’s not my favorite actress and I usually find her smug-but I totally agree with everything she said. And I’m not clear on what people’s problems are with her?

  6. LeedaBird says:

    I don’t hate her but yeah the whole lying about whitewashing in her last film was nagl. I think it’s great if she’s realized monogamy isn’t for her. And I will never not be grateful for anyone who stands up for PP because doing so is sadly incredibly unpopular. Even many celebs who label themselves feminists like to steer clear of that conversation.

  7. Embee says:

    I really love the way she is rocking her short hair. The other stuff is fine. I certainly think we need to be vocal about women’s reproductive rights or we risk a Handmaid’s Tale-type future.

  8. Marianne says:

    I find this line “You have no morals, and you’re seen as some kind of sexual deviant or someone who can’t be in a monogamous relationship. ” rather curious, cause wasn’t she the person that said monogamy wasn’t natural?

  9. Goldie says:

    I’m confused as to why people are saying she cheated. Maybe I missed it but I don’t recall hearing that. I do think it’s possible that after 2 divorces, marriage isn’t simply for her.
    Anyway, I’m glad she’s speaking about reproductive rights.

  10. DragonWise says:

    I find her problematic, overrated, and deeply basic, but she is also right on the money with these quotes! They may be self-serving, but they are still correct.

  11. KBeth says:

    I don’t know or care what happened in her marriage, I like what she says here.

  12. lee says:

    I’m not a huge fan of her but I don’t think Ghost in the Shell was a problem for Japan audience.

  13. TheBee's says:

    I think worrying if someone will label you for your healthy sexual attitude is pointless. Be who you are, and to hell with everything else (but please sex responsible) lol . In the end who you are falls on, and what others think is on them.

  14. Chef Grace says:

    I like her. And it is time for women to stand up and tell the government and church to stay the hell out of our business. Our bodies, our choices, our rights. We should not have fecking religious nutters telling us we can’t do anything without their God’s permission.
    Sick of this. Sick of the idiots in charge.