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Everything I've Learned About Love from Netflix's Sex Education

The British TV show may focus mostly on Gen-Z's sexual journeys, but I can't stop thinking about all the elite love lessons it has taught me.

Otis and Ruby during the third season of Netflix's Sex Education.
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Sex Education has returned for a third season, and while each episode could beat most of our sex ed classes in high school, I can't stop thinking about how the characters teach us so much about love. If anything, the Netflix series puts sex at the fore front, ensuring that exploring your sexuality feels and looks normal, safe, and healthy. On the previous two seasons, though, what we learned about dating, falling in love, and dealing with unrequited love are worth paying attention to.


Otis and Maeve taught me that the right person can show up at the wrong time.

Otis and Maeve's relationship is highly debated. I hear people who claim they are better off as friends, especially because their platonic chemistry is incredible. But as Otis navigates his feelings towards Maeve, he doesn't lose his mind over her absence. If anything, Otis Milburn is the epitome of "love patience" if there's such a thing. He's open to dating other people and gaining experience, but his heart lies with Maeve and he keeps it present at all times.

On the third season, feelings are known and we get a taste of what a Maeve and Otis relationship could look like. What I learned from this goes beyond their current or future status. Maeve and Otis both dated, hooked up, and even grew to like other people, but in the end, there's a part of them that knows they're right for each other and that part can't be forced or rushed.

Ruby taught me that opening up to someone is worth it, even if things don't work out in the end.

My favorite character from the third season goes out to Ruby. When I watched the first season, I would have never thought she'd experience this character development. The Ruby we see in this season is multi-layered and surprisingly...very relatable? The show did an amazing job of using the "popular person" trope and giving it a twist.