Season two of Sex Education kicks off with panicked students running around with medical masks on, because they fear they will catch chlamydia. Even though it’s ridiculous, the sex education that follows teaches important lessons about real-life sex and relationships. Here are some of the key lessons to take home.
Listen To What Your Partner Wants
Sex education expert Otis learns a hard lesson at the start of season two. When it comes to female pleasure, you can’t get the answers from a YouTube video. Mr. Hendricks learns the same lesson, and in a hilarious episode conclusion, Sex Education teaches us that the key to intimacy is listening to your partner.
Asexual Does Not Necessarily Mean Aromantic
Season two has received praise for its delicate handling of asexuality. Jean reminds us that sexuality is fluid, and that some people are not sexually attracted to anyone. And that’s ok. Having no interest in sex does not make us broken, and it doesn’t mean we won’t have the chance to fall in love like everyone else.
Sexual Harassment Is Never OK
When Aimee experiences sexual harassment on the bus, she is quick to brush it off. Thankfully, Maeve is there to support her and encourages her to file a report with the police. Even though she seems unshaken at first, it later becomes apparent that Aimee is traumatized by her unpleasant encounter. Sexual harassment is never OK, and we must always support those who have experienced it.
We Need To Improve LGBTQ+ Sex Education
When Anwar asks Otis for advice on gay intimacy, Otis has no idea how to answer. The encounter highlights the major gaps in LGBTQ+ education. Students are taught about heterosexual sex as the default, but major steps need to be made to ensure sex education is more inclusive.
Everyone Enjoys Different Things
One of the most important lessons from the season is that everybody enjoys different things – and that is OK. Some people enjoy dirty talk, others enjoy mutual masturbation and some people prefer no sex at all. The message is that whatever you are into, be comfortable with it. After all, everybody is different.