Sex, Explained [➦]
✎ Brazilian Portuguese
✎ French (subtitles only)
• General population (15 years old +)
• Sexual Fantasies: 18 min 55 sec
• Attraction: 17 min 03 sec
• Birth Control: 24 min 41 sec
• Fertility: 23 min 46 sec
• Childbirth: 26 min 06 sec
Release Date and Last Update
2020 (no update as of the review date)
This isn’t the sex education you may have had to sit through in school. In five 20-minute episodes, we dig into why a third of women worldwide describe childbirth as traumatic, why we still don’t have male birth control, and why even your weirdest sexual fantasies are way more predictable than you think.
The series is narrated by Janelle Monáe. If you’re familiar with her music, you know there’s no one more qualified.
We chose five topics — sexual fantasies, attraction, birth control, fertility, and childbirth — where new research has raised new questions and offered up surprising new answers. Some of it’s uncomfortable, or even taboo, but they’re all topics that affect our health and well-being throughout our lives in more ways than we realize.
There’s a lot more to the birds and the bees than we can cover in a limited series. But we hope these five stories provide fresh insights and an open dialogue about a part of the human experience that’s too often shrouded in mystery, misinformation, and euphemism.
*** Note that this description was written by Claire Gordon and Sanya Dosani in this article. ***
Vox (Producer). (2020). Sex, Explained [Video Series]. Vox Media. Retrieved from http://www.netflix.com/sexexplained
To Access the Tool
The episode Childbirth is available for free on the Vox YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BmN8C8IzRw
The Sex, Explained videos are short and cannot address the topics in depth. As a result, major aspects are left out. For example, there is no mention of endometriosis neither in the Birth Control episode nor in the Fertility episode as an explanation of a common cause of female infertility. Also, in the episode on Birth Control, we do not hear about the racist and eugenistic approaches on creating, testing and marketing contraception methods. Furthermore, by some video clips, they contribute to the perpetration of myths, like the water breaking as the major first sign of birth labour in the Childbirth episode. Moreover, this episode presents an occidentalized and colonized vision of childbirth. Some aspects of the hyper medicalized vision on childbirth and its consequences are not brought up. Underlining all the episodes, we note a binary perspective on gender and no interest in trans realities.
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