Why You Should See ‘Sex Education’ on Netflix
Feb 19, 2020   •   Ina Louise Manto
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Feb 19, 2020   •   Ina Louise Manto
Sex Education is not your typical coming-of-age high school series. This British show is bold, frank, and funny without losing touch on issues that matter: consent, sex, sexuality, and everything in between. And it’s about more than just sex. It’s a breath of fresh air to see a show that normalizes taboo topics. No wonder why it took the internet by storm since its initial release in 2019. Two seasons in, we’re still obsessed. Here are reasons why you should see Sex Education on Netflix:
Sex Education is about a teen that sets up a sex clinic. With that premise, you know the show’s going to be a hoot. Eventually, he ends up find out about everyone’s sexual secrets and who’s been sleeping with whom, and it’s hilarious. The show has three main protagonists: Otis, Eric, and Maeve. Otis is a son of a sex therapist, Eric is Otis’ gay best friend, and Maeve is their angsty schoolmate. It may sound like a weird tandem, but their unusual dynamic leads to honest conversations about sex and growing up.
— no context sex education (@sexeducation) February 2, 2020
Maybe because it tackles topics we usually don’t open up to other people, especially our parents. The conversations are awkward but there’s an underlying feeling of acceptance. From fetishes to masturbation, it’s what normal adolescents go through anyway.
Because no high school student is an expert, what’s the point of the sex clinic right? Even after we’ve already gone through puberty, we’re still learning and understanding more of ourselves and relationships, just like the characters in Sex Education. Plus, each character has their own quirks that make them stand out, so you’re bound to identify with at least one of them.
— no context sex education (@sexeducation) February 13, 2020
Don’t fall into the trap of taking the show’s name literally, because it’s about so much more than just sex education. One of the main things that make this show so captivating is the honest way it dives into friendships, relationships, and family. Some relationships simply don’t work and then there are unexpected ones where you’ll find solace even in the weirdest groups of people.
Dr. Jean Milburn, portrayed by actress Gillian Anderson, is Otis’ mom who happens to be a sex therapist. She’s funny and incredibly honest and open — to the chagrin of her embarrassed son (but who isn’t ever embarrassed by their moms, right?). Their relationship is the cutest thing ever. She’s the cool mom anyone would want! She’s smart, sexy, and funny — some of the reasons why she stands out in the show and makes it better. Also, it’s Gillian Anderson. Who wouldn’t love her?
You’ve probably seen discussions online of people being confused about Sex Education’s setting. It’s in the UK but the school looks like it’s set in the U.S. Also, they dress like they’re in the late 80s or 90s, but they have smartphones and they’re in 2018. No wonder why people come to the conclusion that it’s in an alternative universe. However, you’ll really love how the show melts the different styles to create sweet, sweet eye candy (and wardrobe goals).
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It’s amazing to see a show whose cast are of different backgrounds, races, and sexualities. And they didn’t do it for the heck of it. This fact is one of the reasons why we’re in love with the show: it’s very accepting of differences.
Admit it. The type of sex education we had in school is mostly just about the female and male reproductive system — that’s it. Sex is still a taboo topic in the Philippines, but the show gives us the type of education we should’ve gotten in the first place.
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