March 2, 2021

Explained: Sex

In addition to countless films and series, Netflix is known to have a large number of documentaries in its program. Most of them somehow serve for entertainment, from the True Crime documentaries to the countless cooking and baking shows to excursions into the world of interior design. Occasionally, however, the streaming gigant also puts scientifically oriented productions online that actually serve the pure purpose of imparting knowledge. One of it is the series Explained, which is based on a YouTube series and takes up everything in monothematic consequences of genetic manipulation over crypto currencies up to music, which concerns humans in such a way.

A particularly restless topic is naturally the human reproduction, why there is with Explained: Sex now a spin off mini series, which takes up alone this topic. The title is somewhat misleading. Admittedly, a lot of things are talked about here that are somehow related to sex. But we don’t learn anything about the actual act of sex. Instead, the five episodes are devoted to sexual fantasies, attraction, contraception, fertility and birth. In principle, the individual episodes are completely independent of each other. However, it is appropriate to watch them in the standard order.

And who should watch them?
Why of all things the sex itself was left out is of course a mystery, not only because of the title. It’s also regrettable, since education work there would certainly not do any harm either – especially since sex is omnipresent on the Internet, which results in unrealistic expectations and sometimes dangerous images. Anyway, it is not quite clear who exactly should be addressed with Explained: Sex. While, for example, the topics of sexual fantasies and attraction are relevant for everyone, from young to old, the other episodes are more aimed at people who want to deal with the topic of having children, which automatically affects an older audience. This in turn will hardly want to learn about contraception.

But even if one can be surprised about the little conclusive concept, the concrete implementation is not bad. Explained: Sex combines the usual interviews – experts* and private people alike – with lots of graphics and animations. You not only get to know about the current situation, but often historical insights are also included, for example about the history of the caesarean section. So if you have the necessary interest in the main theme or one of the five sub-themes, you’ll be offered something, especially since the running time is manageable with 15 to 25 minutes per episode.

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