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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 offer a more realistic look into the dating lives of the British public, far more than Love Island ever will.  TV dating offers some of […]

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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 where I was then shamed for my viewing pleasure of such a shallow show, whilst I retaliated by saying her opinions were void so long […]

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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 around the entrance of the two twins, Jess and Eve. Some viewers said that the show was feeding into the so-called ‘twin fetish’ as the […]

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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 the second contestant to have allegedly died by suicide, alongside Sophie Gradon who purportedly took her life last June. The devasting deaths of these two […]

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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 is now a behemoth of British television, averaging an audience of almost 4 million per episode during its last season and breaking ITV2 viewing records […]

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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 a bunch of total strangers were shoved into a Spanish villa and told to fall in love. It was the show we religiously watched or […]