The documentary of the week | In other words: play down sexuality

Just because we talk about sex almost everywhere in society doesn’t mean we talk about it well. Anxious to do well as a mother, Marilou goes beyond her own fears and tackles sexuality head-on in the third part ofIn other words.

Series In other words revolves around its host Marilou. She is more than the host: the shows are constructed from the subjects that concern her and the questions to which she seeks answers. After exploring the themes of business and love, the communicator and entrepreneur comes to sexuality.

Her own limits are set from the outset. Marilou admits, from the first episode, to having had no sexual education and says she aspires to be able to “talk about sexuality without embarrassment or fear”. We understand that it is in order to offer her children more than what she received.

The tone of the series she is piloting is imbued with “pedagogical kindness”. This rather cautious approach is undoubtedly intended to reassure parents – the show’s target audience – who feel uncomfortable talking about sexuality with their children or teenagers and to ensure that they do not feel judged.


Varda Étienne offers a frank and relevant testimony to Marilou.

When to start talking about sexuality? What to say ? Should we be concerned about easy access to pornography? Interactions on social networks? Does talking about sex encourage children or adolescents to experiment at an early age? Marilou and her team have not put aside any question even if, a priori, some may seem banal or frankly naive.


The first episode focuses on the first contacts with sexuality. It is not specifically a question of the famous “first time” here, but rather of the discovery of one’s body and the impact that early contact with pornography can have. This type of explicit content can indeed have an influence on one’s self-image, one’s intimate life and one’s vision of sexual roles.

There is a lot of talk about another medium that worries many parents in the second episode, social networks. Not without reason: cyberbullying and sextortion are very real phenomena, with sometimes tragic consequences. Here, a nuance could have found its place in the show: the internet and even social networks can sometimes constitute a credible source of information on the subject of sexuality. Not on Pornhub, of course.

This is the only fault of the first two episodes (the only ones we had the opportunity to see): they are partly structured around fears.

Or, at the very least, preconceived ideas that are not all equally deconstructed. Marilou’s meeting with Varda Étienne, who speaks frankly about sex education and relational which she gives to her three children, is rich. The one with Cynthia Wu-Maheux, who talks about her early exposure to porn, is unfortunately not transparent enough to achieve its goal.

The other episodes will address addictions, fantasies, relationships of power and seduction, then “real intimacy”. With guests like Lysandre Nadeau, Danielle Ouimet, Dominique Bertrand and Vanessa Pilon. Specialists such as sexologists also speak in all episodes.

In other words: sexuality kisses wide, which is to its credit. By asking a thousand questions, the host touches on communication, consent, self-confidence, respect, taboos, freedom, alcohol consumption as much as socialization in the broad sense.

This is undoubtedly the main quality of the series: it does not approach sexuality in isolation, as if it were a more or less parallel life. Rather, it seeks to make it part of everyday life, to open an uninhibited dialogue and to restore confidence in the first educators of young people in matters of sexuality as in all things, that is to say the parents.

From February 14, in the Vé section of ICI


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