When we look at Sex Education as a whole, everyone immediately talks about Maeve and Otis but I’m not here to do that.
Aimee Gibbs, she started as the funny character with barely any story except being a friend to two opposing friend groups. She was just there for people to laugh at essentially. “My Auntie was eaten by wasps.” I feel like she’s the only one who could say that. In the first season, her story was mostly about her boyfriend rather than about herself. It wasn’t really a great story, it kind of was emphasizing that she needed to please him in some way or another by being slutty, when its very clear, there isn’t much pleasing when it comes to Adam. She was taught how to make herself happy first and that was great.
Her story in season 2 was beautifully done and so important. I’m glad that it got carried on for two seasons after. When Aimee got assaulted on the bus, it took a while for her to process what had happened to her. She tried to be strong and play it down like it wasn’t bad. This is the start of PTSD and once that happens it’s hard to find yourself again. Anything associated with the trauma becomes a trigger and you don’t want to provoke yourself. You become overwhelmed easily, avoid things you used to do because you feel you’re not the same anymore. It changes you. That’s one thing that needed to be done, in the past shows have just brushed trauma off and the character is back to normal again the next episode whereas in reality. Aimee’s process is the most accurate depiction seen to date.
When Aimee opened upon about not being able to get on the bus, that was the most powerful thing as it takes a lot of courage to open up like that. Some may think it’s stupid but until you’ve tried to do something that caused pain, it can be damaging. The fact that even those who were barely her friends, teamed together to help her get on the bus again, it was so emotional and the definition of feminism.
When it came to season 3, this is when Aimee started her healing journey to recover from the past. She goes to therapy, gets a goat but found it hard to let someone near her. When you feel violated in such way as Aimee did, it’s hard to trust anyone. You just feel uncomfortable and always worried that it could happen again. She talks with Jean about her trauma and gets guided in the best way.
In season 4, Aimee is now finally comfortable enough with herself again. She’s found a new friend, Isaac whom she can trust. He doesn’t push contact at her. He knows that it’s important that one is comfortable and gives Aimee her space and time to adjust. After discovering photography and seeing how emotions can be portrayed, this brings her confidence to an all time high, she uses her story to help others and to put it behind her. She takes herself back to where it all happened and burned the jeans she wore when the assault happened. That was a top tier moment. Also, the fact she stood up to men who were telling her to smile. Well done.
Out of all the stories told in the series, this is the most important. The fact it was done accurately…reflects well on the writer. Aimee Lou Wood’s portrayal was flawless. She deserves the awards for it. 10/10!