Sex Education empowers and informs with season two

Aoife McMahon

Otis, Maeve, Eric and all our beloved characters from Netflix’s hit show “Sex Education” returned to our screens on January 17th. After the colossal success of the first season, the second season was much anticipated by the fans of what has been suggested to be Netflix’s best original show.

As you might remember, the last season ends with late bloomer Otis, played by Asa Butterfield, finally being able to masturbate, so naturally this one starts with him becoming obsessed with it. The first few minutes of the show make for uncomfortable watching as Otis deals with his newfound sexual urges.

This echoes the start of the previous season, as that too opened with an intensely sexual scene. These scenes reminded the viewers that a show called “Sex Education” isn’t going to be for the faint hearted and you should think twice about watching it with your parents.

The character development in this season is to be applauded. Nearly every character matures as their storylines progress. This is not limited to the main cast but also the secondary characters.  This is true for Lily, the somewhat nerdy band girl, who in the first season was obsessed with having sex, grows to accept herself and her virginity. Similarly, Jackson realises there is more to life than swimming and that sometimes you have to stand up to your parents.

This season also sheds more light on the LGBTQ+ community as we are introduced to Florence, who opens up to Jean, Otis’s sex therapist mother played by the wonderful Gillian Anderson, about how she doesn’t feel normal because she has no sexual desires.

In the truly touching scene, Jean informs her that she is normal and tells her about what it means to be asexual. Ola, who starts the season as Otis’ girlfriend discovers she is pansexual and Adam, after years of bullying Eric for being gay, finally admits to being bisexual.

Eric Effiong played by Ncuti Gatwa, a fan favourite, undergoes a huge growth this season as he experiences what it’s like to be in an openly gay relationship with Rahim and is forced to make the decision between being with him or being in a more hidden relationship with Adam.

This season’s empowering “It’s my vagina” moment comes in the form of the female characters putting aside their differences to help Amy overcome difficulties after she is sexually assaulted in the third episode. This is just one example of the scenes that will make you tear up as beneath all the sex and humour in this show there are genuine emotional stories.

We also get to understand more of the characters’ relationships with their parents. In this season, we see Otis’ emotionally stunted dad, Eric’s supportive family and Maeve’s narcotics addicted mother who Maeve fears becoming like, encouraging her to go back to school and getting rid of her iconic pink hair.

The show gets to the heart of sexual taboos and identity struggles, it will have you laughing one second and crying your eyes out the next. It will reassure you that any unusual sexual thoughts or insecurities are perfectly normal. The second season of “Sex Education” is funny, educational and a must watch.

Aoife McMahon 

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