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Scarlett Johansson: 'Women shouldn't be afraid to talk about sex'

The actress wants to set an example for her daughter by speaking out about issues important to her.

Scarlett Johansson is determined to keep talking sexy because she's dismayed by the way women are portrayed when they talk about their intimate moments.

The Avengers beauty does not understand why women are labelled as promiscuous when they talk about subjects regarding their sexuality, or are open about enjoying sex.

"When women talk about enjoying sex, it's almost forbidden," she tells Cosmopolitan magazine. "Just having a healthy sexual attitude, you are labelled 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."

Scarlett, 32, insists she'll always open up about her own sexuality and the things she enjoys in an effort to make it easier for others to step forward and speak freely.

"I hope it normalises the conversation," she says. "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."

Scarlett also feels the need to be vocal about issues she is passionate about so she can set a good example for her young daughter. The actress grew up in a home that fostered engagement in social issues and she wants her daughter to speak up for topics she supports when she gets older.

"Whenever you speak publicly, it's always a risk, right? Maybe you'll lose some followers," she continues. "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."

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