Last night, my good friend introduced me to the latest Netflix original series, Big Mouth. The series is about middle schoolers and their bout with puberty.
A of all, the show is terribly accurate. I remember being in middle school. I remember the first time I looked at my vagina in the mirror, the “All About Me” book that seemingly every puberting girl got from their mothers or aunts, to:
- celebrate the milestone, and
- avoid having “the talk”.
I remember thinking/feeling the ways these animated characters are.
Additionally, as a teacher of the middle schoolers, I can attest to these bouts. I’ve had some of my students since they were 4th graders. I’m also mother to a 10 year old. Nothing I’ve seen on television has been so honest in it’s depiction of the trials and tribulations of coming of age.
Mind you, this series is rated TV-MA – Mature Audiences.
Which brings me to this: Why do my students know about it? So much so, that they have full on conversations about it, *and* it’s accuracy.
Let’s face it. I’m jaded.