Africa, or the world at large, may have already been introduced to sex education via Shuga, which was not as viral as Sex Education has grown. There is so much to learn about sex but as exposed to information as we are, there is a lot of misinformation and a shyer parents are not doing the best of the bees and the birds. since many people are already getting their education from online media, it might as well be informatory. this is an upgrade really, because while it speaks on contraception, it does not base everything on it. remember that scene where Jean was sitting in in an SRE class and Mr. Hendrix was asking random questions that are not so educational? This is what some parents think sex education is like. These are not 5yr olds anymore. The show talks on what teens are going through sexually without making it an oversexualized piece of media.
In telling stories about teenage sex anxieties, Sex Education is cleverly relatable. Teens are supposed to be silly and clumsy about life, since they’re experiencing everything adult — freedom, love, heartbreak, shattering disappointment, core-shaking joy — for the first time. Sex Education understands that for humans, and young humans especially, a lot of these experiences are rooted in sex and romance.
Being rejected by someone you find desirable hurts in a special kind of way. Embarrassing yourself in front of someone you want to impress burns differently than more run-of-the-mill public shame. A relationship becomes different once sex enters the equation.
The genius of Sex Education is that it knows the biggest difference between adults and teens is that adults are a lot more aware of their own unavoidable silly clumsiness. And whether you’re watching as a teen or an adult, laughing at teens being thrown into fraught romantic and anxiety-inducing situations is a way (an easier way, perhaps?) for us to also laugh at ourselves.