Sex Education: TV episodes that challenge the taboo


Actress Amy Law Wood, who plays Amy Gibbs in the series

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Actress Amy Law Wood, who plays Amy Gibbs in the series

You may have a banana scene enveloped in a condom, or you have a general feeling that if you have sex, either pregnancy or you get sick. We are talking about sex education in schools.

The period of puberty is a bit of a mess, with teachers even wary of saying a word like “penis.”

So when the British TV series “Sexuality”, whose events focus on two students who managed to set up a sex clinic in their school, was shown for the first time on Netflix last year, it was a breathing space.

The first episodes covered bold topics including shame about scandal, miscarriage, virginity and masturbation, and actress Amy Lawwood, who plays Amy Gibbs, tells 1NewsBeat that she “thought it was something that belonged only to boys.”

Amy grew up after thinking she was “whimsical” for wanting to masturbate.

And when filming the series, the 24-year-old found that others were feeling the same.

“When I photographed the scene of masturbation, I had questions like what does it mean to present a scene like this? It is something for boys only.”

It became clear that chatting with some of the actors in the series during the premiere of the episodes of season two, that many of them feel that they had not learned enough about sexual facts at puberty.

“Food, jobs and sex are a very essential part of life and we don’t know enough about it,” said Amy.

“I wish I knew it was normal for me to be willing to have sex for pleasure, not just for having children,” she added.

The character that Amy embodies is one of the most talked about characters in the series, she is sexually assaulted, and the series makes her reconcile with what happened.

The events attracted great online reactions.

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The events of the series attracted wide reactions online

Amy says her plot has had a “huge impact” on her.

She added: “I had to go back to this age, and to what extent I was confident, something that would have an impact on many girls.”

“Everyone can learn something.”

Actress Emma Mackey, who embodies Mayev’s role in the series, agrees that episodes are important in challenging the taboo.

She told the BBC: “The show makes you feel lonely, how I wish it would happen in my life when I was in school, to make me feel more natural.”

When I asked what they had learned while filming the episodes, the response of almost all of the members of the staff was a satisfactory “vaginism” condition.

And the British Health Insurance Authority says that “the case of vaginismus is a sudden contraction of the vagina that occurs when you seek to insert something in it.”

Actress Tania Reynolds, who embodies the character of Lily who suffers from vaginism, said: “I did not already know that the case has a name.

The episodes won praise for presenting sex in a more realistic way compared to most programs.

Actress Patricia Allison, who embodies the role of Ulas new friend Young Otis, says: “There was a sexual scene director during filming. They had sent us a list, even before we read the episodes of the episodes, asking us how we felt about certain things.”

And she adds: “Even if you say you agree to something, you can change your mind and say you are not comfortable with it today, and that is a good thing.”

She says filming the series taught her “the importance of saying no.”

The first season of the series “Sexuality Education” was one of two programs that announced, “Netflix” network, watched the numbers of viewership.

More than 40 million families are said to have watched the series in the first weeks. (These are viewers’ numbers who continue to watch 70 percent or more of the episode.)

The series was highly praised for its variety and distribution of roles to the cast and its dramatic plot, which Emma says “shouldn’t be too big.”

She adds: “We are exaggerating about this … It should be normal.”

Eric, Otis’ sexually liberated friend, suffers from homophobia and the relationship between sex and religion.

“I love this gay brown kid, he is not ashamed of himself,” says Nkuti Gatoa, who embodies the role of Eric.

Teaching “homosexual content” in schools is not always acceptable.

Last year, it witnessed protests outside an elementary school in Birmingham, which provided students with homosexual lessons as part of an educational program called “No Place for Strangers.”

Some parents said that it conflicts with their Islamic faith and is not “age appropriate” for children.

The school reached an understanding after it included a new equality program after consultations with parents. The government says it encourages secondary schools to include gay issues in sex education curricula.

“Acting is important,” Nkoti said, “to teach children all the different types of people in the world so that they do not fear these patterns when they encounter them.”


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