Why 'Sex Education' Is the Destigmatizing Force We Need Right Now

Welcome to Moordale, A.K.A Sex School. Would you like a vulva cupcake?

Sex Education has never shied away from destigmatizing sexual topics that are typically deemed shameful or taboo. The British dramedy series has been praised for its celebration of sex and sexual identity in all forms, particularly in how it has explored sensitive storylines about sex that are often underrepresented in media, such as Lily's (Tanya Reynolds) struggle with vaginismus (“My vagina’s like a Venus flytrap”), Florence's (Mirren Mack) asexual awakening last season (“Sex doesn't make us whole, so how could you ever be broken?”), or Anwar's (Chaneil Kular) anxiety over douching before sex (“I'm really freaked out by bumholes”). The Netflix hit is clearly not afraid to dive headfirst into conversations that are typically swept under the rug due to embarrassment, ignorance, or a combination of the two.

The long-awaited Season 3 of Sex Education premiered on Netflix on September 17, and with it came a new chapter in Moordale's narrative as the infamous “sex school.” Season 3 introduces a new antagonist in Hope Haddon (Jemima Kirke), the new headteacher to replace Mr. Groff (Alistair Petrie) after he is put on a mandatory leave at the end of Season 2. Hope is determined to restore Moordale back to its former glory as a prestigious institution dedicated to the rigorous acquisition and application of knowledge. As expected, Moordale continues to find itself in the news for its not-so-sterling reputation (see: a very panicked Dex (Lino Facioli) running naked across the quad). Over the course of the season, Hope begins to crack down on the students of Moordale, from implementing school uniforms — a choice which poses a severe disadvantage for the school's nonbinary students — and a strict behavioral code including walking in single file to class. Despite her alarmingly rigorous attempts to get Moordale under control, it seems that ship has already sailed: Moordale's reputation as the “sex school” has been sealed.

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