Youngsters talk about the importance of sex education
Sex Education, one of the popular teen dramedy series on Netflix, just released its third season on September 17. Created by Laurie Nunn, this series focuses on sex education among teens at the Moordale Secondary School.
Here are 6 instances from the show that truly speak out about education and awareness about several aspects of sexual intercourse among teens and young adults.
The new season explains the storyline at length and Aimee’s story is also probed into. Her efforts to reconnect with her boyfriend through raising a goat together, acknowledging the need to see a therapist and her acceptance of her own body show the immense growth in her character arc. Aimee realises that whatever happened wasn't her fault and that she should not change anything about herself. She has grown stronger this season, more in touch with her needs and desires.
--- Anindita Sengupta, 2021 English graduate, Heritage College
Hope, the new headteacher, causes quite a ruckus this season. SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) at Moordale High becomes practising shame, abstinence, and exclusivity — an erasure of identities. Hope forces Ola not to wear the LGBTQIA+ badge, declares herself a feminist but shows a horrific video of a woman giving birth to shame pregnancy and sexual intercourse and considers the term NB (non-binary) as a slang while refusing to understand it.
--- Raina Datta, 2021 English graduate, Jadavpur University
Two nonbinary characters debut this season and some of the scenes hit home so much I was practically squealing inside. All the conversations with Jackson, who’s a cishet boy who relates to none of the struggles Cal faces, stand out. I liked how the issue of a forced gender binary is brought up while separating students on the basis of what gender Hope perceived them to be, and again, Cal is the only one to really raise a voice against it.
---- Sriza Ray, second-year, MA, English, Presidency University
Florence, a student at Moordale Secondary, participates in a rendition of Romeo and Juliet when she is overwhelmed by the talk of sex among her peers. She comes in flustered into Jean Milburn’s office thinking she might be ‘broken’, because of her lack of interest in the topic. I think Sex Education makes such an outstanding point here. From what one can gather, American teens seem to face a huge pressure to lose their virginity by a certain age. I love Jean’s words — 'Sex doesn't make you whole, so how could you be broken?’
--- Asmita Dutta, second-year, BA, English, Loreto College
Maeve's abortion was definitely a more sensitive aspect of the show and it made it seem totally okay to go through with it. It was clearly uncomfortable for her and the background score of The Smiths' Asleep seemed like it was comforting her. I thought it was an important scene to portray the autonomy a woman has over her body despite societal pressures. Maeve knew what she wanted out of her life, and she chose to go through with her decision despite how scary it seemed.
--- Sukanya Ghosh, a 2021 English postgraduate from Jadavpur University
Aimee was sexually harassed on a bus that she takes to go to school. Ever since, she has been traumatised to step on to the bus again. Soon after, most of the female characters in the show helped Aimee get on the bus together. To see a bunch of women show solidarity for their friends is almost a cult symbol. I have taken my friendships more seriously since then.
--- Brishti Roy, 2021 English graduate, Jadavpur University