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Review: Love Island’s Winners Can’t Salvage a Losing Season

Love Island’s ninth season concluded last week with Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan taking home the £50,000 winning prize. Fagan, a science teacher from Manchester, and Harrinanan, a social worker…

Microaggressions in dating: Love Island and the ‘reality’ behind reality TV

Ex-Islander Georgia Steel is under fire for calling Shaq ‘Zak’ on Love Island Aftersun, claiming she couldn’t pronounce his name. Host Maya Jama corrected her, but Georgia proceeded to go…

The highs and lows of TV dating

CW: ableism The spectacle of TV dating exploded onto our screens with The Undateables in 2012, followed by First Dates in 2013 and Naked Attraction in 2016. These shows all…

Too Hot to Handle is unbearably addictive and we are all too proud to admit it

Earlier this week a friend asked if I had watched Too Hot to Handle yet on Netflix, and I replied with an admittedly too eager “yes”. This began a conversation…

Female sexuality in the Love Island era

Love Island returned at the beginning of January to allow some sun into the miserable winter. Within the first week, the ITV series was already receiving many complaints, mostly focusing…

Love Island and mental health: where is the responsibility?

Content warning: mention of mental health and suicide. Former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis was reported to have died in a North London park on 15 March 2019. Thalassistis is…

Sexiness, Aspiration and Diversity – Three Things Love Island Does Not Understand

Love Island has come a long way from its mid-noughties origins, fitting squarely in the shadow of Big Brother which was unquestionably the biggest reality show of the time. It…

Love Island royalty at the Big Cheese

It was the TV show that had us crying over plastic babies, Googling Blazin’ Squad lyrics and spending £18 on water bottles. Yes, Love Island was the summer sensation where…