Kit Steinkellner
August 01, 2014 12:43 pm

Recently, actress Elizabeth Banks (EFFIE TRINKET!!!) took a break from being one of the best thing about The Hunger Games movies to speak out against attaching shame to sex.

“It’s a huge disservice to young people to put shame into the equation. That’s what bothers me the most about it and why I speak so openly about sex,” Banks said. “I promote safe sex, always, and abstinence until you are madly in love. But at the same time, I have no desire to shame any young person about what’s going on in their life or about general sexuality or their bodies.”

Inspired by Banks’ awesomeness, here’s a round-up of quotes from famous-pants women getting real about S-E-X in the smartest and most insightful way possible to get real.

1. BETTY FRIEDAN

“No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor.”

2. MARILYN MONROE

“We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift.”

3. AMY SCHUMER

“It’s work having a vagina. Guys don’t think that it’s work but it is. You think it shows up like that to the event? It doesn’t. Every night it’s like getting it ready for its first Quinceanera, believe me.”

4. MARGARET CHO

“I was like, Am I gay? Am I straight? And I realized. . . I’m just slutty. Where’s my parade?”

5. BEYONCÉ

“There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist — whatever you want to be — and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”

6AUDREY HEPBURN

“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”

7. ANGELINA JOLIE

“I think it is funny that we were freer about sexuality in the 4th century B.C. It is a little disconcerting.”

8. GLORIA STEINEM

“A liberated women is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”

(Note: Steinem was speaking for her time, where sex before marriage and a job after didn’t seem like choices for a lot of women the way they are now, but you can totally not have sex before marriage in the 21st century or not have an out-of-the-house job and still be liberated, take the quote in the context it was meant, kthanksbye.)

9. MAE WEST

“Good sex is like good bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.” 

10. ERICA JONG

“The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers. I’m thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and of course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will err on the side of being bad.”

11. MARLENE DIETRICH

“Sex: In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.”

12. TINA FEY

“When choosing sexual partners, remember: Talent is not sexually transmittable.”

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