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Why Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake talk to their toddler about sex

Jessica Biel is on a mission to inform young people about their reproductive health and the actress is starting at home, talking with her 2-year-old son, Silas, about his body.

At the 2018 Makers Conference, Biel talked about her work with Tryst Network — an online resource where women can ask questions and learn about their bodies. Biel, who recently released a series of funny videos about sex education with comedians Chelsea Handler and Rob Huebel, says when she and husband Justin Timberlake were ready to start a family, she was "shocked and embarrassed" by how little she knew about her own reproductive cycle.

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Saundra Pelletier and Jessica Biel spoke at the 2018 MAKERS conference on February 6.

As a parent, Biel says she hopes to eliminate the stigmas behind sexual health by talking early with her son about sex.

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"We're starting now," Biel said during her session at the conference. "We're using technical terms and we're talking about — when we shower together — this is what I've got, this is what you've got. We just talk about it."

"I know he's really young," Biel continued, "but I believe that you start it early and that there's no shame. It's this beautiful thing that you have, and mine's different, and we have to respect ourselves and each other."

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