Series Review: How S*x Education Portrays Teen S*x And Sexuality

Otis' best friend Eric is a colourful character and unapologetic about who he is. Yet he also exists in constant fear of how people will treat him based on how he expressed himself. 

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Netflix teen S*x education / Photo credit: Power to decide

The series S*x Education follows the journey of high school teenagers and sexuality, I cannot remember my first awareness of the existence of s*x, but even then I knew I had entered forbidden territories. Older people stand as custodian of all things sexual and all they give away is “do not have s*x, do not get pregnant”.

Watching S*x Education for the first time was really refreshing and taught me a thing or two that I wish I had learned much earlier in my life. That there are different sexualities and that each individual has their own journeys coming into their own sexuality.

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The character of Otis is interesting in that his mom who is an s*x therapist is quite open about s*x. He has, as a result, gained much insight into s*x and relationships that he ends up starting his own ” therapy practise” in his high school.

The knowledge that he has does not help in much in his own pursuits though. There are things blocking him from opening up to s*x and he also realises that theory is not like the real thing at all.

Homosexual s*x is represented quite openly amongst young teenagers. Femininity and masculinity are really taken and turned inside out and not in a romanticised manner.

Otis’ best friend Eric is a colourful character and unapologetic about who he is. Yet he also exists in constant fear of how people will treat him based on how he expressed himself. 

This is the same fear that his father is concerned about. So our dear Eric is taken on his own journey of discovering much braver parts of himself in a world that is much too comfortable in telling people what to do.

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S*x is portrayed as really what it is when you are young, and perhaps even when you are older. Some things you discover by learning from your own body.

Some you stumble on by mistake and yes mistakes are a huge thing when it comes to sex. Space to learn and ask questions about sex is the most important.

Or else we will leave it up to porn to continue to teach boys and girls about s*x and see how that goes.

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