Sex can be tender, rugged, occasionally embarrassing, painful, awkward, and funny at least as often. Laurie Nunn's Sex Education series not only understands this, it lives it, 21st century teens recognize each other and those of us who are older wish the series had existed earlier.
The focus is on British high school student Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield). The son of a well-known sex therapist (Gillian Anderson) himself has major problems with his own sexuality. He compensates for this by giving his classmates advice on all matters of the heart and genitals.
In the sequel, Otis is now on the other side. He is still a virgin and now his new girlfriend Ola (Patricia Allison) wants to go to bed with him. Because he doesn't know how to do this, the otherwise experienced sex therapist asks a classmate for advice with her fingers. He is very proud that he uses a technique that he has read on the Internet that is used to massage the vagina clockwise. When he demonstrates it with an orange, it looks awfully awkward and mechanical. "There is no magic technique that works for all women," explains her classmate, "every orange is different." She suggests that Otis should ask Ola directly what she wants.
When Sex Education appeared on Netflix last year, the series was rightly praised for its open and honest portrayal of teen sex. The second season builds on some of the themes of the first, but takes up a series of new stories about sexuality and interpersonal relationships of all ages - current, feminist and with refreshingly little fear of taboos. There are fetishes, anal showers and orgasms galore, but suppressed desires, fear of pregnancy and the consequences of sexual assault are also depicted.
Otis, who struggled with his fear of ejaculation in the first season, masturbates now at every opportunity he has. In the shower, on the sports field and even in his mother's car. The masturbation montage is accompanied by a heavenly version of the 90s hit I Touch Myself , sung by the Belgian choir Scala & KolacnyBrothers.
As it turns out, Otis abandoned the "sex clinic" he founded with his girlfriend Maeve (Emma Mackey) just when the school was struck by a chlamydia outbreak. Now, of all things, Otis' mother, of all people, is supposed to improve the education classes at the Moordale Secondary School because the students believe that chlamydia is transmitted through the air - which is of course completely nonsense.