Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t started the show, go watch it, then read this.
Netflix released its second season of “Sex Education” this January and fans are loving it. Season one left us with some cliff hangers over Otis and Ola v. Otis and Maeve.
Season one sets up our story with Otis Millburn, a “sexually repressed” teenager turned unofficial sex therapist inspired by his mother, Jean, a sex and relationship counselor’s work. Otis begins giving out advice to his classmates about their sex life, tackling issues that highlight the obvious need for better sex education in the public school system.
Dr. Richard Weissbourd, director of Harvard University’s Human Development and Psychology master’s program agreed,“I think we’ve failed epically to prepare young people for the tender, subtle, courageous work of learning how to love someone else.” Weissbourd proceeded, “An exception to this rule is the new Netflix series ‘Sex Education’, a show that finds the sweetness in the awkward and under-discussed parts of human sexuality.”
“Sex Eduacation” brings honesty to a high schooler’s sex life. It’s not always as simple and easy as most romantic movies and TV shows portray it to be. The show, through Otis, discusses issues like body image, unrequited love, and discovering what works for you and your body. “Sex Education” also destroys the notion that “all high schoolers have sex” showing multiple characters at different levels of sexual experience who find acceptance within themselves.
The series also exemplifies good friendship versus toxic friendship. Otis and Eric, the two best friends, are open with their friendly affection regardless of Eric’s sexuality, confronting ideas of toxic masculinity.
The show also discusses issues with the desire of fitting in with the popular crowd through Aimee. The extremely popular “Untouchables,” belittle Aimee about her other her other connections, namely Maeve who she enjoyed spending time with.
Season 2 depicts more sensitive issues regarding sexuality, abuse, drugs and marriage. Midway through the season, Aimee is sexually assaulted on a bus. Despite playing it off like she was okay, she struggled with anxiety attacks wand could no longer ride the bus. Aimee continued to keep quiet, secretly choosing to run to school instead in order to feel safe. Eventually, Aimee breaks down during the detention she serves with Maeve, Ola, Viv, Lily and Olivia. The six unlikely friends bond together over their own experiences with unwanted sexual contact, leading up to the five girls meeting Aimee to ride the bus together.
Furthermore, Eric, one of the two “out” kids at school, deals with bullying from Adam, who faces challenges in his own sexuality and family troubles. Florence, who plays Juliet in the school play, struggles with struggles to accept her asexuality. This leads to a heartwarming scene between Florence and Otis’ Mom Jean, who was later brought into the school as a sex education consultant.
“Sex Education” is incredibly important and sheds light on so many issues teenagers and young adults deal with every day. Sexuality, friendships, assault, family issues, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and abortion are all things that kids feel so alone in going through. “Sex Education” normalizes talking about these issues and takes away the shame of dealing with them.
The end of season two leaves us wondering and begging for a third season. Maeve and Otis’s relationship, or lack thereof, has been left again at a cliffhanger and the fans are ready to see what else develops from the exciting finale of season 2.
Rumors of a third season for January of 2021 are floating around the internet but we hope it’s sooner because that’s too long to wait.