Sex Education star Aimee Lou Wood has said that speaking about masturbation as a teenager was “a complete taboo” and that her sexual desires had made her feel like a “weirdo”.
Wood told the PA news agency that she had been taught that women who enjoyed sex were “crazy” but that Sex Education had helped dispel that idea.
Wood said she remembered “having really frank conversations” about other topics with her friends but that masturbation had remained “a complete taboo“.
Series two of Sex Education launches on Netflix on Friday January 17.
Besides Netflix’s Big Mouth, a cartoon series about how puberty upends the lives of a bunch of 13-year-olds, the biggest hit is the appropriately named Sex Education, the warm, ribald and hugely entertaining drama about a teenage boy giving sex therapy to his classmates which tackles the horny issues schools are failing to teach.
Given that a 2017 report by the Terrence Higgins Trust found half of young people rated their schools’ relationships and sex education as either poor or terrible, the popularity of these shows is hardly surprising.
In Sex Education, hesitant student Anwar seeks advice on anal douching from fellow pupil Rahim, explaining that he can’t ask his boyfriend as “it’s embarrassing”.
Dot, 17 from Leeds, highlights the tendency to segregate pupils by gender for RSE, noting that “even at the age of 11, I was confused why boys didn’t need to know about cervixes and fallopian tubes: how do you expect them to be understanding when they don’t even know what the word ‘menstruation’ means?” In both Big Mouth and Sex Education, equal attention is given to characters who are diverse in race, sexuality, gender and background, creating a dynamic where no one form of puberty is treated as default.
Occasionally, this television is straightforwardly educational.
Sex Education includes everything from chlamydia myth-busting to lectures on lube .
The programmes also cover taboos.
Series one of Sex Education was celebrated for including a realistic portrayal of abortion, depicting the procedure step-by-step, from the waiting room to the recovery room, in a tone that was neither sensational nor melodramatic.
Whereas Isaac, 17 from Kent, feels that pupils “are only ever told of the horror stories in RSE”, Sex Education quietly reaffirms the notion that anything, no matter how embarrassing or complicated, can be resolved, usually by talking to someone.
Sexpression, a charity that works to empower young people by teaching informal and comprehensive RSE lessons in secondary schools, believes the popularity of sex education on TV demonstrates that teenagers “are in need of a source to dispel myths around sex, reinforce truths, and allow for the empowerment of their bodily autonomy and decision-making”.
A key plot-point in Sex Education’s second series is the school’s decision to rewrite its sex education curriculum, prompting a debate between staff and pupils about how teenagers are meant to responsibly seek sexual advice when the school fails to provide it.
Ciara believes pop culture “should never be an alternative to well-taught and serious conversations that are seriously lacking in our education system”.
Netflix’s Sex Education follows Otis Milburn , a socially awkward teenager, whose mother, Jean , is a sex therapist.
Although the series does cover safe and consensual sex, Sex Education is actually educational in other ways.
Following the release of its second season on January 17, Sex Education continues to educate its viewers by representing different people in society.
However, Sex Education does not fear to illustrate the decisions regarding the procedure.
What makes Sex Education so inclusive is they casted an actor who is a real-life wheelchair user, showcasing different representations of figures in society.
Sex Education also showcased the struggles of mental health.
Sex Education illustrated the difficulties of asking for help and how it can be a vulnerable task.
The LGBTQ+ community has been represented through many characters during Sex Education’s run.
One strength of Sex Education is how they normalize the LGBTQ+ community.
Overall, Sex Education continues to showcase representation through various life experiences and people.
As of yet, there is no official confirmation if Sex Education will be getting renewed for a third season.
Same with Maeve in Netflix’s series Sex Education, who doesn’t relish the procedure but doesn’t beat herself up over it, either; nor does anyone else.
One of the great promises of Netflix for 2019 is the British series “Sex Education”.
This production seeks to break the great taboos that society has towards sexuality.
His spicy and funny personality seeks to leave behind the taboo of sexual relations so that his son can see sex naturally and stop being a shameful subject.
Netflix hooks viewers up with a new series, “Sex Education,” that embraces the awkwardness of teenage relationships.
When it comes to sex talk, the new Netflix series “Sex Education” hits the G-spot in delivering a charming coming-of-age dramedy on a taboo subject.
Although the story takes place in England, the backdrop of “Sex Education” curiously feels aesthetically American.
Now, with a title like “Sex Education,” how accurate is the show’s discourse on the birds and the bees? Well, the series is no instruction manual.
“Sex Education” explores individualism, and it does so further by seamlessly delving into the bigger political matters, like feminism and sexuality, that weave into the characters’ identities.
“Sex Education” approaches its main topic of sexuality with an open-minded sensibility, but it is also doesn’t shy away from being silly.
The text of this article was generated by the Breaking The Silence system that collected 6 news articles posted on the web from January 2019 to September 2020 and clustered for the taboo subject of sex education