Gina Rodriguez got super real about her guilt surrounding masturbation

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez just got super real about masturbation, and we’re really glad she did.

Rodriguez is known for being candid: Earlier this year the star spoke about her struggles with anxiety, and the difficulties she experienced after being filmed without any makeup on. Back in 2016, the actress shared her battle with Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that can lead to an underactive thyroid, and also spoke up about how she deals with the insecurities she feels on a day-to-day basis.

Now Gina has blown the lid open on another under-discussed topic: masturbation.

Speaking to Bust magazine about her life, Gina discussed how she expresses her sexuality, and some of the things that she’s struggled with in the past.

“In all honesty, I used to feel guilty for masturbating,” she shared. “Oh my god, this extreme guilt! And that lasted way too long.”

The actress attributes this to her strict upbringing (or the fact that “maybe I masturbated too much”). However, it seems that she’s now made peace with how she used to feel.

"It’s OK to look back in retrospect and be like, it wasn’t good that I felt bad about touching myself," she explains. "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!"

Like Gina says, there should be no shame about masturbation, or discussing it, too. In fact, there are actually health benefits to masturbation, like that a little self-loving helps with menstrual cramps. It’s so refreshing to see someone in the public eye sharing her experiences and sex positive attitude.