This new sex ed series for adults is funny, sexy, and actually educational.

Let's face it: Sex education in America is ... lacking.

Best-case scenario, you'll get a hyperdetailed biology lesson interspersed with some anxiety-inducing descriptions of nightmarish STIs. Or you might hear about all the ways unplanned pregnancies will ruin your life so don't mess it up, kids. On the other end of the spectrum, there's "abstinence-only education," which hardly counts as educational.

For all the progress that we have made on sex and sexuality, it's still difficult for kids to figure out how to have sex beyond an overly-simplistic understanding of "in and out." The things they do learn are more likely to come from movies or ill-informed locker room banter than from a trusted adult.


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That's why four L.A. filmmakers are on a mission to change sex ed from awkward anatomy videos to a resounding "F*ck yes."

Their journey began when co-creators Erica Anderson and Emily Best shared an epiphany over a bottle of wine about how much their sex lives had changed in their 30s. They realized that while the idea of talking about sex induced a lot of anxiety in people, actually talking about sex was sexy in and of itself — and also helped to improve the act.

"We have culturally reinforced the notion that talking about sex 'spoils the mood' — that communication is somehow anathema to great sex," said Best. "Consent is not an arbitrary requirement but in fact quite possibly the sexiest part of the whole deal."

So they reached out to their friends and fellow sex-positive filmmakers, and that's how "F*ck Yes" was born.

The first four episodes of the steamy new web series have already been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.

Perhaps most surprisingly, their largest viewership is in India.

Each episode clocks in at around three minutes and uses raw, open honesty to explore the ways that consenting adults negotiate their sexual relationships. How do you find out if someone wants to come back to your place and have sex? How do you handle protection, and what do you do if no one has any? How do you find out what your partner enjoys — or how do you get them to try something a little different?

These moments can be crucial turning points in any relationship, and "F*ck Yes" strives to dramatize it in a way that's realistic and educational. Sure, the conversations can be awkward, but the show doesn't shy away from that either — after all, awkwardness is a part of sex more often than not, and people need to know that that's OK too.

"Who could show girls, women, boys, and men what desire looks and sounds like in a healthy, consensual, and sexy way?" Anderson said. "We wanted to make sexy shorts that show that talking about sex and their desires actually leads to more and better sex."

The series is honest and real, and its instant popularity just goes to show how important good sex ed can be to people.

"Everyone needs examples of healthy sexual situations and ways in which they can utilize consent and enthusiastic consent," said Lauren Schacher, a co-creator on the show who also serves as a director and actor. "People WANT to know more about how to be more comfortable with sex and their own sexualities. But this is still only a fraction of the conversation."

For the show's second season — which has already surpassed its fundraising goal — the creators plan to include crowdsourced stories from viewers, to make sure that every aspect of sexuality is included in the conversation.

"Consent is for furries, too. Seriously," said producer, writer, and co-creator Elisabeth Aultman. "People with stigmatized orientations and desires are just as entitled to yes and no as anyone else, and if we can subvert some narratives and do some normalization as part of this project than I'm 100% about it."

With issues of consent at the center of so many conversations lately, F*ck Yes is just the kind of raw, honest entertainment we need.

While the show was created by women, people of any gender can benefit from the lessons learned in "F*ck Yes" — after all, sexual pleasure and communication should be universal positives. The creators have been collaborating with sex education and rape prevention groups around the country to help spread their message too.

Check out the full series on YouTube or watch a bonus episode about bad sex advice below:

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On an old episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in July 1992, Oprah put her audience through a social experiment that puts racism in a new light. Despite being nearly two decades old, it's as relevant today as ever.

She split the audience members into two groups based on their eye color. Those with brown eyes were given preferential treatment by getting to cut the line and given refreshments while they waited to be seated. Those with blue eyes were made to put on a green collar and wait in a crowd for two hours.

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Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience, says it can be difficult to create engaging course work that's applicable to the challenges students face. "I think that sometimes, teachers don't know where to begin. Teachers are always looking for ways to make learning in their classrooms more relevant."

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Jessica Mauritzen, a high school Spanish teacher, credits a network of support for providing her with new opportunities to enrich the learning experience for her students. "This past year was a year of awakening for me and through support… I realized that I was able to teach in a way that built up our community, our school, and our students, and supported them to become young leaders," she says.

With the new WE Teachers program, teachers can learn to identify the tough issues affecting their students, secure the tools needed to address them in a supportive manner, and help students become more socially-conscious, compassionate, and engaged citizens.

It's a potentially life-saving experience for students, and in turn, "a great gift for teachers," says Dr. Sanderlin.

"I wish I had the WE Teachers program when I was a teacher because it provides the online training and resources teachers need to begin to grapple with these critical social issues that plague our students every day," she adds.

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