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What each character in Sex Education can teach you

By Anna Currenti

Left-to-right: Otis (Asa Butterfield), Maeve (Emma Mackey), and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa)


The show focuses on Otis’ lack of Sex Education, despite his mother being a sex therapist. I think it’s so important for young people to be aware of the fact that just because you’re not advanced in the sex area, it doesn’t make you weird. Also, the chances of so many people you know also lacking in that area are very high. It can be hard, especially in university, when it seems everyone around you is doing…it. Otis teaches you that in fact, not everyone is doing it, and there’s no rush to do it — you can do it when you’re ready.


Eric is one of my favourite characters from the show. Eric teaches you to be yourself no matter what. One of my favourite scenes is when a man pulls up in the car asking Eric for directions, and Eric sees that he has painted nails and an earring. Later on in the episode, Eric is also sporting both these things. Eric shows that when you try and suppress who you are, it will only make you unhappy.

Jean (Gillian Anderson)


Otis’ mum. I found Jean’s character very interesting, as I found it so refreshing to see such a positive portrayal of female sexuality. The way she is so open about all areas of sexuality is amazing to see, as sex is so taboo in everyday life. There is no element of embarrassment, only a sense of pride. Society teaches girls that they should hide their sexuality. Jean being so open reinforces that there is no need to be embarrassed. Maeve and Amy’s approach of the middle finger also shows young girls that there is no shame in doing something for yourself and that it doesn’t make you a slut.


Continuing on the theme of positive female sexuality, Maeve’s character teaches you that even if people have a negative opinion of you, you shouldn’t let it affect you. Also, just because you’re a ‘slut’, it doesn’t mean you can’t be extremely intelligent.

Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling)


Jackson’s character is a complex one. I think the main thing that you can take from Jackson’s character is that just because someone’s life seems perfect, chances are it probably isn’t. Don’t let the social media facade fool you.

If you haven’t already seen this show, you’re missing out.

Sex Education streams on Netflix.


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