Opinion

Vulnerability is Your Best Friend: Thoughts on Sex Education Season 3

What do you think Season 3 of Sex Education Revealed?  

By: Huma Ahmad 

This photograph represents a few of the main characters that were key parts of  the new season of Sex Education. Credit: screenrant.com

First off…big spoilers coming up ahead so if you haven’t watched the new season 3 of Sex Education, continue reading at your own risk. Wow, season 3 was absolutely insane and so much has happened and more is yet to come after seeing the finale.

What I loved most about this show is how different it is from the rest of the other shows out there. Sex Education is so unique in its own way by showing an immense amount of vulnerability. 

Vulnerability is the thing that brings everyone together. Sure, maybe a lot of people think  that it’s a source of weakness, but wouldn’t you think that weakness is what brings strength in  the long run? 

We face similar problems all the time, no matter how different we may seem. And that’s exactly what we see in the show all the time. 

Without vulnerability, the characters don’t shine like how Holly was always pictured to be a strict bad conservative principal until she breaks down in the hospital in front of Otis. Holly is a special character in her own way because it shows the type of people who are facing major issues in their life and resort to hurting others to release the bad energy that surrounds their own.  

Vulnerability isn’t easy for everyone and everyone doesn’t show vulnerability the same  way as Adam and his father Micheal do. But it’s important to embrace it and fully feel the sense of guilt, sadness, and shame. 

Without going through the stage of fully feeling the feeling of vulnerability, one can’t move on from it in their lives. Such as Micheal Groff, who was first incredibly embarrassed that he got fired from his position as the principal of Moordale Secondary School. 

He tried his best to hide it and fake how he still has a job for his friends, so he wouldn’t feel like he had failed in life. 

Groff is such a special character in a way where he’s not like everyone else; he’s quiet and he doesn’t know how to express his emotions a lot in which we see his son, Adam. But, we can see how both Groff and Adam are trying their best to break that barrier that they have inside of them and just be who they really are. 

In the beginning, Groff fakes his career status to even his brother, who’s a self-absorbed man that never really cared to take care of his own brother in situations where he needs it most. 

He realizes the reason why he is the way he is now is because of his past relationship with his father. 

His father taught him “boy’s don’t cry” which he held onto his whole entire life. Even when he was asked when was the last time he cried, he couldn’t even remember when. 

However, he also realized that there was still a great part of his life that he loved when he was a little boy, and that was his mother. He reminisces about his mother’s kindness, cooking, and the moments he spent with her and acknowledges that that is who he wanted to be like, because that’s what brought him happiness through all the cloudy days of his childhood. 

He delves into his new found passion for cooking and  begins with making a salad for a dinner his brother invites him to. Now the scene of the dinner was an absolute breakthrough for the character, because when his brother continues to embarrass him and downplays Micheal, he stands up and pours out all the feelings he had inside of him about his brother, father, and his past. 

He owns up to everything and takes his salad that his brother made a joke out of and feels proud of making it no matter what because that’s who he is. He doesn’t need anyone’s approval for him to be happy. 

Vulnerability is what proved his strength in front of his brother and all the people that were sitting at the dinner table. Adam is also very secluded and has a similar detachment experience from his parents like how his father had with his own dad.

However, he’s trying to find out what he has a passion for like his father, and starts to try doing poetry for Eric even though he’s terrible at creating them in the beginning. Adam also has a breakthrough moment where he comes out as being gay to his mother and fully embracing who he is, even if he feels ashamed of it at first.  

Another character’s development I loved seeing was Aimee’s. It’s very important how the  show expressed how sexual abuse is an extremely serious matter and one can’t move on from it  ever, but can heal from it. 

Aimee shows how healing is a slow process and talking about that  tragic event with a qualified therapist, Jean, was crucial for her healing process. It was hard for her to be vulnerable with her own boyfriend because the tragedy she went through wasn’t an easy matter she was able to express. 

This affected her relationship in extreme levels where she couldn’t even kiss her own boyfriend or be touchy-feely around him. Therefore, she took a step by breaking up with her boyfriend to fully find peace with herself first before getting into a relationship. 

There were many symbols in this show, such as how the show praises being unique  because being unique is what brings a community together. The time where Lily’s alien sex  stories were published to the entire school, the school and her friends still stood up for her  because no matter how weird other people thought it was, it was her and that’s all that mattered.  

When the new principal, Holly Hodden, shows up and forces the students to wear  uniforms and follow strict guidelines on accessories and hair color, the students start to feel more miserable. The uniform symbolizes the separation, even when ironically everyone looks the same and walks in the same single file throughout the hallways. 

This shows how the expression of who we really are matters. It’s not about fitting into a crowd, it’s about being different and truly being who you are.  

I absolutely adored this show, once again. 

I’m so glad the directors made another fantastic season! They never fail the audience and also never fail to put the biggest cliffhanger at the end of the season. 

It breaks my heart how Moordale Secondary School is coming to a close and Maeve has  moved on to America to follow her dreams and leave all her friends and family behind. I’m so  excited for a new season to come and reveal what will happen next.  

I loved how the show embraces the norms of being in awkward situations sometimes and how it focuses on so many characters at once who are striving to find their identities.

 I have a fondness for how it shows the struggles of couples in all sexual identities and not just straight couples, which shows don’t usually shed light on. Everything about the show just expressed life, and how it really is. 

So… learn from it! 

Go have fun, be yourself, and be fearless because we are all in this together anyway. Remember to be who you really want to be and fully love the feeling of being vulnerable.

Being brave doesn’t mean not  having weak moments in your life, it’s about healing and conquering them. Oh yeah, one more thing: don’t forget to live every moment in your life to the fullest. 

Everyone needs someone to talk to. So, when you need someone to talk to about what you’re going through in your life, pick up that phone and text your friend about it! Tell your sibling or a family member. 

If there is someone you need to confide in that is not a family member, the National Sexual Assault Hotline can be contacted at 1-800-656-4673. 

For the students of CSI, people can also consider contacting the Office of Diversity and Compliance for help and guidance. 

College of Staten Island Information For Sexual Misconducts: 

Catherine M. Ferrara, Esq. 

Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator 

Office of Diversity and Compliance 

Building 1A, Room 205 

718.982.2250 

catherine.ferrara@csi.cuny.edu

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