Sex Education is back in a big way, the Netflix original series released all 8 episodes of its second season this January and people are loving it. With an inclusive cast and a plot that tackles all sorts of issues, it’s no wonder the show is doing well.
Not only is it entertaining to watch a group of teens trying to navigate their way through their first sexual encounters, it’s also extremely refreshing. Sex can still be seen as something embarrassing and awkward, perhaps that’s why it has received such a warm response.
What started off as a light-hearted programme that tackled the awkwardness and hilarity that is sex-crazed teenagers in high school, it has evolved into something much more this season.
The series follows Otis, played by Asa Butterfield, who tries his best to figure out his love life while running an underground sex clinic from his school’s toilets we also watch his classmates struggle to deal with some really difficult situations.
This season of Sex Education tackled some very real problems faced by children all over the world, sexuality and sexual orientations was a big one. With characters exploring their fluidity, coming out to their parents and accepting themselves as gay, bisexual and asexual. The show really made strides to become inclusive and show its viewers that what they are struggling through is normal, accepted and celebrated.
Sexual Assault was also touched upon this season when Aimee (Aimee Gibbs) was sexually assaulted on the bus. Although this is a difficult and emotional subject to explore, it was powerful to watch. Aimee faced a real struggle in opening up and confronting her pain even though she believed it wasn’t a big deal and didn’t want to report it to the police.
We saw her struggle through the police interview and the effect that the assault had on her relationship with her boyfriend. Her pain came to a head during an after-school detention assignment where a group of girls at the school shared their experiences of sexual harassment. Although it is hard to believe many girls experience this and by shedding a light on it Sex Education has opened a whole new line of communication around sexual assault and how to deal with it.
Even though there are serious aspects to this season of Sex Education, it tells those stories in an interesting narrative. Life isn’t all good and all bad, it’s a balance and the show very much embodies this in the comical and exaggerated way it portrays high school.
By Chloe Goodall