If you haven't heard of the iconic television series Sex Education, it's time for you to jump onto the couch and get to bingeing. The show stars Asa Butterfield as Otis, a high school boy who attempts to navigate the world with the help of his best friend Eric (played by the hilarious Ncuti Gatwa) and his overbearing mother, Gillian Anderson, a sex therapist. Along the way, he meets a rebellious teenage girl named Maeve (Emma Mackey) who he almost immediately falls for. The two of them eventually join forces and open a "sex clinic" together to provide relationship advice for the student body.
The series is not only entertaining, but relevant to today's audience by representing a variety of sexual identities. It explores topics like homophobia, emotional abuse, and even those kinks that no one ever talks about. The show makes you uncomfortable, but in all the right ways.
I am truly baffled that the characters in Sex Education know so much about sexuality when they're only in high school. As someone who never received any advice about sex during my undergraduate career besides "abstinence is key," I am amazed that the students (although fictional) know so much. They continue to teach me lessons that I will carry with me through my college experience and beyond.
1. Not Everything Can Work Out
Even if you put your all into a relationship, that doesn't mean it will work. Romance is complicated and you can't mold someone into something they are not.
2. Show People That They Matter
Tell your friends why you love them, let people know you care.
3. We Can Talk About Our Bodies
There's no reason to act as if our sexual organs are any different from our other ones. We should normalize having open conversations about our bodies.
4. Age Doesn't Show Intelligence
The smartest people you know might be younger than you, and your older friends might not know anything. Your age does not mean you are intellectually above or below anyone else.
5. You Are Always Learning
We can improve and grow no matter where we are in life.
6. Everyone Has Baggage
It is easy to judge someone and assume they haven't struggled as much as you have. Almost everyone is battling something and just trying to get through it alive.
7. Be Completely Honest
Whether it's with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member, tell people what you're thinking. Don't expect them to guess how you're feeling.
8. Have Fun and Let Go
Even if it means embarrassing yourself, don't be afraid to do a twirl for the world to see.
Join me in anticipation as I wait for season three to be released.
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