This feature is dedicated to our #NoChangeNoFuture initiative. From the Women's March, to Australia voting yes to same sex marriage, and the #MeToo movement, 2017 taught us to look beyond ourselves and come together as a collective of powerful women who are writing our own history. Join us as we cancel setting one-dimensional personal resolutions this January and commit to being the change we want to see. Because without change, there is no future.
For the longest time, sex has been a semi-taboo topic, especially for women — lest any of us should be branded a "slut" for simply enjoying what nature intended. But with the momentum of the Women's Marches, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and just general badassery coming from so many incredible and influential women lately, there's never been a better time to enjoy, and be empowered by, being a woman (no matter how that manifests in your physical and mental form). You know who seems to agree? Actress Jessica Biel.
With friend Saundra Pelletier she's co-founded Tryst, a "judgement-free, shame-free community" that's body- and sex-positive and aimed at educating women around the world about their bodies. The reason Jessica got involved? She realised when she fell pregnant with her son, Silas, that she didn't know nearly enough about how her body actually worked. And so, the idea was born. "It's hard in our society to be honest about what you don't know," Jessica writes on Tryst's site. "You feel guilt and shame and don't want to admit you don't know these things. I want Tryst to change all that."
To launch the site, Jessica has released a video in which she's shown checking out her own vagina when Chelsea Handler strolls into her room looking for socks. The ensuing conversation is frank, funny and so on point for the 2018 woman. You can watch it below but if you need further convincing: the one and only Gloria Steinem has tweeted her approval of the entire concept today.
— Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) February 7, 2018
Posting this from the afterlife, because the one and only Gloria Steinem wrote my name and I died of happiness. https://t.co/ZcrR4E3SHq
— Jessica Biel (@JessicaBiel) February 8, 2018
Bravo, Jessica and Saundra!