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26 Times We Learned Something About Sex And Sexuality From Netflix's "Sex Education"

If only it had been 69 times...

1. When Adam told Otis and Maeve why he was having difficulty reaching an orgasm during sex.

Maeve and Adam discuss why he can't come
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Performance anxiety is a real thing, folks. If you get in your head during sex, it can really make the whole experience difficult.

2. When Otis demonstrated proper blowjob technique with a banana.

Otis teaches a group of people how to give a blowjob with a banana
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And we also learned that gagging is totally normal. Practice makes perfect, and don't be embarrassed if it's difficult at first.

3. When Maeve faced the logistical nightmares of an abortion without a support system.

Maeve discusses her abortion procedure with a nurse
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Choosing to have an abortion is a difficult enough step without even beginning to factor in all of the legal/medical/logistical hurdles to getting one. The show demonstrates why the process can be so hard, and how having a support system can make it a little easier.

4. When the women at the abortion clinic are there for each other.

Maeve and two other women hold hands in an abortion clinic
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Even if you can't find a support system at home, there are always people out there who will be in your corner.

5. When Tanya told Otis that just because you're friends with someone doesn't mean you are romantically/sexually compatible.

Ruthie discusses why she can't be in a relationship with her best friend
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Especially for queer people, the line between friend and lover can get blurry, and clear communication is the best way to keep the relationship strong.

6. When Eric was assaulted, because homophobia and transphobia are very much still a thing.

Eric in drag and then with cuts on his face
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Some people might have you believe that the world is "too woke," but there are still plenty of cruel people out there prejudiced against queer individuals.

7. When Aimee discovered she needed to learn what felt good to her before she could tell that to her boyfriend.

Aimee touching herself in bed
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A little self-love goes a long way to help determine what you'd like your partner to do in the bedroom.

8. When Otis told Liam that when someone says "no," you should take that as their answer.

Otis telling Liam that "no means no"
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They're not playing hard to get. They don't want further advances. They just aren't into you.

9. When Ola proved that clothing shouldn't be gendered and wore a tux to prom.

Ola dressed in a tux for prom with Otis
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Let's be real. She looked better than Otis in a suit for sure.

10. When Eric told his father why having parental support is so important when you're coming out.

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And we learned how everything is INSANELY difficult when you're doubly marginalized (i.e., queer AND a person of color AND an immigrant).

11. When Otis and Eric danced together, because gay men and straight men can have wonderful friendships together.

Otis and Eric dancing at prom
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Let's get rid of this toxic masculinity "no homo" BS. If you're secure in yourself, it shouldn't matter what gender/sexuality your friends have.

12. When Otis told Liam that unrequited love sucks, but you've just got to deal with it.

Otis giving a speech about unrequited love at prom
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Being a stalker is no-go.

13. When Lily voiced her concern about not having sex early enough.

Lily telling Otis why she's afraid of being a virgin
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Timing is different for everyone, and you're never too late or too early, as long as you're safe and feel good about your decision.

14. When Otis informed everyone how STIs are transmitted.

Otis discussing where you can get an STI
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They're called "sexually transmitted" for a reason. You can't get them from sneezing, although you can from oral sex.

15. When Jean reassured Florence that being asexual is normal and just as fulfilling as any other sexuality.

Jean suggests Florence might be asexual
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You are perfect just the way you are. Nothing is wrong with you, and there's nothing you need to change.

16. When Isaac proved that romantic and sexual feelings aren't just for able-bodied people.

Isaac and Maeve at a dance
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Just because he's in a wheelchair doesn't mean he can't have the hots for Maeve.

17. When Ola discovered that she was pansexual and explained it to Adam.

Ola announces that she's pansexual to Adam
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Educate your friends on sexuality! Representation matters, and it helps to normalize minority groups.

18. When Mrs. Groff used a vibrator because Mr. Groff wasn't satisfying her.

Mrs. Groff masturbates
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Sometimes you just need a little self-care, you know?

19. When Adam tried to figure out his sexuality by jerking off to a poster with a man and a woman on it.

Adam masturbates to a poster of a man and a woman
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The old "if I can cum to a picture of a girl, I must be straight" trick.

20. When Rahim did the lord's work and explained the technicalities of douching to Otis and Eric.

Rahim teaches Eric and Otis about douching
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No one thinks more about poop than gay men, and yet we never hear about it on TV.

21. When Jackson's moms' relationship was on the rocks, because queer marriages have ups and downs too.

Jackson stands near a car with his two moms.
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It's not just the straights who hit the bumps in the road.

22. When Ruby and Otis might not have used a condom, and we got a firsthand look at the morning-after pill logistics.

Ruby and Otis sit outside a pharmacy
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No shame if you slipped up and didn't use a condom, but be safe and head to the pharmacy.

23. When the girls opened up about sexual harassment to Aimee to show her that she's not alone.

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You don't need to suffer in silence. There are people out there who have been through the same thing as you and want to help.

24. And when they joined Aimee on the bus to help her confront her trauma.

Ola, Lily, Olivia, Aimee, Maeve, and Viv ride in the back of a bus.
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Because sexual assault can leave deep wounds, and we can only heal together.

25. When Mrs. Groff told Adam about the importance of expressing your love, even if it's hard.

Mrs. Groff tells Adam why it's important to love people
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If you love someone, but they don't feel it, then maybe you're not loving them well.

26. And finally, when we learned that pulling a Call Me by Your Name or an American Pie is totally normal.

A student tells the assembly why Jean's advice was important
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Jean really coming through to let everyone know it's OK to be horny.