16/09/2016 13:32 BST | Updated 28/07/2017 09:39 BST

8 Famous Women Get Real About Female Masturbation

'As a young woman you don’t learn how to pleasure yourself.'

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Shailene Woodley

In 2017, masturbation is still largely seen as acceptable for men and a joke for women. But thankfully, some high profile ladies are telling the world female masturbation is nothing to be ashamed of.

In an interview with Net-a-Porter, Shailene Woodley called for better eduction around female self-pleasure.

She said: “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.

“I’ve always had a dream of making a book called ‘There’s No Right Way to Masturbate.’”

We’d totally buy the book, but until then, here are seven other celebrities ending the female masturbation taboo. 

  • Gina Rodriguez
    Gina Rodriguez
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    The 'Jane The Virgin' star told Bust magazine that she used to feel extremely guilty for masturbating. But over time she realised that masturbation wasn't something to feel ashamed of or guilty about. 

    “It’s OK to look back in retrospect and be like, it wasn’t good that I felt bad about touching myself,” she said. “And it isn’t bad that I want to share my love with my boyfriend. I’m 32 years old, I’m an adult, I can do that!”
  • Emma Watson
    Emma Watson
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    In a talk with Gloria Steinem in February, Watson said she'd signed up to a site that sells videos based on research around female pleasure. 
    "A friend told me about this website called OMGYes, which is dedicated to female sexuality," she said.

    "I wish it had been around longer. Definitely check it out."
  • Lena Dunham
    Lena Dunham
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    In her book 'Not The Kind Of Girl', Lena Dunham casually tells readers: "I learned to masturbate the summer after third grade." 
  • Amy Schumer
    Amy Schumer
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    At the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Amy Schumer brought up masturbation with a hilarious cultural reference. 

    "Magic Mike XXL. It like, really is magic," she said.  

    "Anytime I watch those guys, at least two of my fingers disappear."
  • Eva Longoria
    Eva Longoria
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    Eva Longoria is such a fan of masturbation she buys vibrators for all her friends.

    "I didn’t begin enjoying sex until I started masturbating," she reportedly told Self magazine.

    "Before that, I really wasn’t sexual. I bought my first vibrator three years ago. It’s a shame I didn’t discover it sooner. Now I give Rabbit vibrators to all my girlfriends.

    "They scream when they unwrap it. The best gift I can give them is an orgasm.”
  • Miley Cyrus
    Miley Cyrus
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    Miley Cyrus made her views on masturbation pretty clear when she posted a photo of herself with her hand down her shorts on Instagram, along with the caption: "A masturbate a day keeps the haters away."
  • Anna Kendrick
    Anna Kendrick
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    Anna Kendrick used her quick wit to show her approval of female masturbation back in 2013 when she tweeted: "Ugh - NEVER going to a Ryan Gosling movie in a theatre again. Apparently masturbating in the back row is still considered 'inappropriate.'"
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