You’re having the sex. I’m having the sex. We’re all having the sex. And it’s fun, right? So, why aren’t more people talking about it? For far too long, sex has been a taboo topic, a dirty little secret that everyone’s in on and no one can talk about — and we don’t need to look far to see where that creates major problems in how we think about sex. Luckily, where celebrities go, we follow, and stars have been more and more vocal with their sex-positive views in recent years, from Jane Fonda explaining the best sex positions for her fake knee to Eva Longoria sharing her late-in-life discovery of masturbation. By highlighting not just sex but sexual pleasure, these celebrities aren’t just speaking to the fact that everyone has sex, but that getting pleasure out of it is the whole point.
Actors like Armie Hammer and John Krasinski have opened up about their sex lives in recent years as well, in notably different ways than John Mayer’s 2010 reference to ex Jessica Simpson as “sexual napalm.” Unlike Mayer, these actors spoke to their own sexual taste and tendencies, and how they’d noticed themselves changing. Could it be that today’s A-listers are leaving toxic masculinity in the past and inspiring a new generation to get in touch with their sexual needs? We’ll have to wait and see.
If you need a role model to help boost your sexual self-awareness, we can’t think of a better place to start than the celebs on this list, from Chrissy Teigen to Tori Spelling, Kurt Russell, and more. They’re funny, they’re frank, and they’re inspiring, so read on for all our favorite moments when celebrities were totally unafraid to talk about sex.
A version of this article was originally published in October 2017.