Remember that scene from Buffy when she gets annoyed at an action film for not doing the fight scenes correctly? It can be hard to see people getting your job wrong on TV, especially when the way these roles are portrayed can have an impact on whether people seek these services out in real life. With that in mind, we asked our sex educators how they feel about Netflix’s Sex Education.
“Confession: I almost never watch Netflix, but I binged this show. For professional reasons, of course!” says sex and intimacy counsellor Marcy Brink.
“I adore Sex Education, it makes the sex therapist in me proud and the 16 year old in me swoon,” says Kate Klein, a Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor based in Brooklyn, New York. “Sex Education gives a varied and diverse view of sex and relationships, which is a significant reason why I love this show. Sex Education is inclusive of the diversity of the human condition and sexuality, including showing differently abled bodies, bodies of culture and a variety of sexual orientations and identities. Sex Education sends healthy messages about sex and relationships because the show realistically depicts sex, relational dynamics and the uncertainty all of us face every day.”
“As someone who has researched and written about sex, sexuality, and relationships for the last 8 years or so, I do feel like the show offers predominantly accurate representations of particular sexual experiences,” says Oli Lipski, a Sensual Intimacy Coach and Sex Tech Writer. “The script and the characters appear to be conscientious when introducing themes such as asexuality and vaginismus, which, for some, may be concepts that they’re learning about for the first time — and for anyone resonating with those, seeing that representation can be incredibly affirming.”