But what constitutes a sex-positive show, you ask? Well, in this case, we’ve rounded up some of the most progressive shows out there at the moment which all champion a greater movement to normalise so many aspects of sexuality, be it identity, consent or even practicing safer sex.
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Easy is one of the best sex-positive shows and anthology series around. Episodes go for just under half-an-hour but it’s the type of show you can easily pause at any point and then pick up where you left off at another time. Brought to you by the uber young and uber-talented Joe Swanberg, this one explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex and culture (and yep, it’s funny as). The eight-episode series, written and directed by Swanberg, features Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski and a whole heap more.
Big Mouth is a 10-episode, half-hour edgy adult animated comedy from real-life best friends Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League) and Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy) about the glorious nightmare that is teenage puberty. Some have dubbed it the “sex-positive show of our time” and honestly, we’d back that to a tee. Big Mouth basically faces every awkward teenage complex head-on and even though it isn’t a show without its controversies (read: it’s very NSFW), its ability to tackle the sexually taboo is insanely good, making it an absolute must-watch.
There isn’t a series that hones in on the complete awkwardness of being a teenager quite like Sex Education. Delving into gender, sexual orientation, racial stereotyping, mental health—this show endearingly explores it all. As a late bloomer Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve. Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a Chlamydia outbreak, highlighting the need for better sex education at the school and new kids come to town who will challenge the status quo.
I Am Not Okay With This
I Am Not Okay With This is an origin story that follows a teenage girl who's navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken deep within her. Think Stranger Things slash Sex Education for this sex-positive show, and it’s worth every minute.
Tuca & Bertie
Tuca & Bertie is an animated comedy series about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building—Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie (Ali Wong), an anxious, daydreaming songbird. The sex-positive series makes leaps and bounds for females in the way it shows characters navigating their way through STIs, dating, their bodies and naturally—pubic hair.
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