Netflix's 'Big Mouth' Shows The Health Lesson We Never Got

Netflix's 'Big Mouth' Shows The Health Lesson We Never Got

Every kid deserves to feel comfortable in their own bodies, and the approach discussed in "Big Mouth" is the most honest and normalized description of adolescence.

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I think we all have traumatic memories of our middle and high school health classes. From scary videos about periods to abstinence talks and hearing horror stories about drunk driving or drug overdoses, most of what we were taught about growing up is to be afraid of literally everything. We learn about puberty as this massive problem we are about to experience and any conversation about our bodies or sexuality becomes forbidden or wrong. We are never told how emotionally devastating growing up can be and how much every part of our life changes as we go through middle school and high school.

I began watching "Big Mouth" when friends continuously mentioned how funny it was or made references to its storylines. After a few episodes, I realized how brilliantly it captured adolescent experiences. I found myself wondering what life would've been like had I learned some of the things it discusses earlier on. It approaches puberty and all of the issues that come with it as something normal to almost laugh about. It takes every horrifying experience possible from an adolescent standpoint and makes a joke out of it. But more than that it teaches things like consent, body positivity, and healthy understandings of sexuality.

The female characters teach the male characters about women's experiences growing up, explaining that girls shouldn't be objectified, or called "sluts", as they are more than their bodies. Women shame a male character who attempts to assault them, teaching younger characters what does and doesn't qualify as consent. The speed with which a normally happy and successful female character can turn to depressed and unhappy with her life and body is represented in several storylines. It is rarely discussed how emotionally damaging puberty is for teenage girls. This is the exact moment when women learn that they are objectified and considered less than their male peers. The show creates a platform for pre-teen feminism and shows mothers than encourage their daughters to think of themselves as more than their bodies or the fact that they are a girl.

As I continue to watch the show, I can't help but feel a need to show it to my 14-year-old sister, explaining that everything will be okay and not to let these difficult years destroy her. Every girl knows the pain of having her sexuality commented on, or being told the quality of her body. I want her to grow up with self-confidence, emotional stability, and an understanding of her body. I don't want her to live in uncertainty and fear over this complicated time in her life. I wish I could've laughed about what I went through at the time and that someone had taught me how normal all of it was. I wish I had been more comfortable with my body and secure in my identity. While the show really is an adult perspective of childhood experiences, it is a step in the right direction.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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Your Sexual Comment About My Body Really Isn't A Compliment, I Would Appreciate If You Stopped

I am human and I demand respect over my body.

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I was 12 the first time a boy said: "you got a nice ass." I was taken back. What did you just say to me? Back then I wasn't as strong in knowing who I was/am. That comment stuck with me for a while. I recently thought about it. I realize now what that comment really was. While a boy thought it was a compliment, it wasn't. It was the start of harassment that boys are never told is wrong. Therefore, they continue to do it.

When I think about that comment from junior high, I think about the junior high students I know. I think about how upset I would be if one of the boys said that. I think about how much I would want to hug and remind the girl of who she really is. You see, these "compliments" start at a young age. Girls figure it means the boy likes her. They assume that he'll be different when they're dating. I beg to differ. It will get so much worse.

Some boys and men only see women as objects. They only see her as a thing of pleasure. They don't see the beauty that is in her personality. They don't stop to think about how intelligent she is. They skip over the fact of her being a human. It truly breaks my heart.

I keep going back to the first time a boy touched my butt, and how violated I felt. I told my teacher, and they did nothing about it. They said, "Oh, well he's a boy!!" WHAT. No, I am human and I demand respect over my body. When that boy touched my body when I never asked him to, I wanted to hide. I was not "turned on" by it like he thought I would be. I was not OK with it. And all I got was a form of "it's what boys do."

Your compliment about my body isn't a compliment. I am uncomfortable with it. I don't want to hear about how much you love my butt. Your compliment about my body has led me to be nervous around guys who have any sort of interest in me because I think they are only interested in what you once told me.

I am here to stand up for myself, finally, and other girls and women who are scared. I was once scared, but not anymore. I don't want to hear or read your pick up lines you think will flatter me. I want you to respect who I am. I want you to know I am not flattered by those gross comments about my body. I am here to stand up for those who are scared to be loud. That was once me, but not anymore.

Your compliments are not compliments. I am ready to see a change in our world. I am ready for your gross comments to stop. I am sick of seeing and hearing the same thing over and over again. I am more than a body. I am a human. I have a personality that I would love for you to get to know, but your pick-up lines are insulting. I would appreciate if you stopped.

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