Netflix’s breakout hit Sex Education has just been renewed for a second season, and it seems to have been exactly what the platform needed after the controversy they faced surrounding the release of 13 Reasons Why season 2.
Sex Education depicts the coming-of-age story of Otis, who utilises his mother’s expertise as a sex therapist to create a sex clinic for the students at his school, encouraged by the alternatively-styled, Maeve. Dealing with serious and very human themes, this show explores sexuality in a way that is not only refreshing, but comedic and light hearted; it also emphasizes the seriousness of the related issues, such as teenage preganancy and predjudiced opinions of homosexuality.
Maeve’s normalisation of casual sex creates a refreshing portrayal of female sexuality, whilst equally spotlighting the awkwardness of new relationships throughout teenage-hood. Aimee’s exploration of her own body is implemented to normalise female masturbation and encourage everyone to prioritise their own enjoyment of sex. Meanwhile, Eric displays the pain of confidently expressing your identity in an unaccepting society. Whilst giving others guidance, Otis also faces his own issues surrounding sexual trauma and sexual insecurity. The realism of the show is written perfectly, in a way that is both educational and reassuring for its audience - an audience which is predictably suffering with their own anxieties. The series champions acceptance and presents a wider perspective on human understanding and sympathy.