The #MeToo movement, the prevalence of revenge porn, the fact that 35 per cent of women delay smear tests due to embarrassment about their bodies and so much more, prove that despite improvements in sex education, it is clearly not enough.
Shame, fear and ignorance shroud our bodies and we still have a long way to go when it comes to consent, respect and self-care.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, however, are one couple who are taking sex education seriously when it comes to their child.
During an appearance at the 2018 Makers conference on tuesday, the Sinner actress revealed that she and singer husband JT had already started to talk about sex and relationships with their two-year-old son Silas.
In conversation with Elaine Welteroth and CEO of WCG and CEO of Evofem Biosciences Saundra Pelletier, Biel explained that 'For me in my household, I have a two and a half year old and we're starting now. '
She continued, 'Well, just in terms of we're using technical terms and we're talking about when we shower together and this is what I've got, this is what you've got and you know we just talk about it. I know he's really young, but I really believe that you start it this early that there's no shame. I don't want to tell him keep your private parts and this and that.'
Having respect for bodies is clearly important to Biel, as well as a healthy understanding that physical differences aren't the be all and end all.
'It's a beautiful thing,' she explained. 'You have it and mine's different and it's cool man and we have to respect ourselves and respect each other, so I believe it starts really young.'
That being said, she understands that bodies and sex aren't all serious, particularly when you're a toddler, so enjoys a giggle with her son.
I think I still go back to this idea that it doesn't have to be so serious. If you want to laugh and say vagina and laugh or say penis or whatever, well do it! Laugh and get it out, get the giggles out and then ask the real question that you know you have.I think that's always what happened to me when I was young. It's like you just, you could barely get past the giggles to ask the real question, which was a really probably important question that as a young person you needed to know.
More of this open attitude please.