Okay no, it’s not 69…we just couldn’t help it!
Sex Education is a popular British show on Netflix about young students in high school trying to get answers to the million and one questions they have about sex, love and relationships and actually…life in general.
It’s quite comedic and follows the lives of the main characters: Otis, a socially awkward teen who is giving out sex advice to his mates in school, Maeve, who is his business partner and Eric, his exciting gay friend.
Season 2 started in January and after binge-watching, these are 6 things we were so glad got addressed on the show!
1) It’s perfectly normal to question your sexuality
Questioning your sexuality is something that a lot of young people go through. You can’t control the things you’re inherently attracted to. It’s perfectly normal to question and explore your sexuality, it’s also surprisingly common. Ditch the Label research finds that half of us don’t identify as being 100% straight anyway
2)Asexuality is a valid and perfectly normal sexual orientation
This season is the gift that keeps on giving with the introduction of an asexual character, in the form of musical theatre fanatic Florence. Surrounded by peer pressure to have sex and convinced her lack of interest in it means she is broken, she panics.
Asexuality doesn’t get a lot of visibility in mainstream culture, making it quite a widely misunderstood sexual orientation, with many wrongly characterising it as a mental illness, a hormone disorder, or an inability to get anyone to date. Asexuality is a sexual orientation like heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality.
Asexuality can also work in tandem with another sexuality. This is when someone is asexual, i.e. having no sexual desire, but pursue romantic relationships and companionship.
3) Sexual assault can come in many forms
Aimee’s story in this season took a turn when she was sexually assaulted on the bus on the way to school by a man who masturbates on her. Whilst some series deal with sexual assault on some level, here, we can see a series treating any and every form of sexual assault with the level of seriousness it deserves.
It shows just how any even like this can be incredibly traumatic, and that we shouldn’t be looking at sexual assault as some form of hierarchy, where a certain amount of criteria need to be fulfilled for the victim to be upset.
4) Understanding STIs is the best way to prevent them
It’s hard not to crack up at the opening episode of Sex Education Season 2, with the entirety of Moordale High imagining they have got airborne chlamydia. Yeah, it was hilarious, but it also raises some important questions about STIs. If you have any questions about them, you can always talk to your GP or nurse practitioner.
5) Only you know when you are ‘ready’
Yeah, we know you’ve probably heard this one from every teacher you’ve ever had and your parents as well, but it is so true. Being ready for sex is entirely down to you. It is not down to whether your pals are doing it, your other half wants you to or any other reason. It’s your body, it’s your rules.
6) Talking about sex is key
It can be pretty embarrassing to talk about sex, especially when it comes to things you might not know about or awkward problems that come up. But whether you go to your partner, a friend or a family member, talking about sex is the best way to get those questions answered and problems sorted. It’s like they say, the birds do it. The bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. We aren’t saying go and have a chat with your nearest pigeon, but there will be plenty of people in your life who have experience in this area that would be discreet about it.
Source: Ditch The Label
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