OPINION: Love Island’s new rules on SEX - Are they a good thing?

OPINION: Love Island’s new rules on SEX - Are they a good thing?

Love Island is returning to our TV screens in June. But, don’t go expecting another dose of raunchy late night television. There are some strict new rules in place for series four.

According to the Daily Mirror, the ITV2 production has been forced into some rather odd rules regarding sex.

Renown for its nudity and raunchy under-the-sheet action, it appears that the show is looking to reduce its sexual content after constant problems with the horny housemates of 2017.

It was reported that last season’s winner, Amber Davies, was offered the contraceptive morning after pill following unprotected sex with villa boyfriend Kem Cetinay.

Now, Love Island producers have set four clear rules for housemates to follow.

1. No nudity

2. No masturbating

3. No drunken sex

4. Counselling after sex

The new so-called rules are odd, to say the least.

On a more serious level, though, one of the rules is an embarrassing reflection of society.

According to these four rules, the 18-30-year-old contestants applying for a gig in the Casa Amora villa have no knowledge or understanding of sexual exposure or its emotional repercussions.

These rules say that without proper guidance, housemates would run around naked masturbating.

Housemates would have drunken sex with anything that moves and erase the incident from their minds the moment it finishes.

It may sound like the script to Geordie Shore, but it’s the horrifying reality of our society.

Of course, the mention of tapering nudity can be laughed off in an instant.

Excluding the evening public vote, Love Island contestants wear nothing but their swimwear, and the show’s success has been built on the eye candy of topless hunks and bikini-bottom babes.

Good luck to the producer asking Steve the personal trainer to pop his top back on after nine months of abs training.

Equally, the masturbating statement sounds a little hard, if not logistically weird, to try and enforce. And the counselling is nothing new, with reality TV shows renown for having behind the scenes psychologists for support.

The point of drunken sex, however, well this is the real issue.

If two consensual adults have sex, intoxicated with alcohol or not, then what is the difference?

The difference is that with reality TV, it is not the two people involved who are making the judgement on whether it was consensual.

If you were to document a real-life couple venturing from chitter-chatter to foreplay and sex, you can guarantee that someone watching would have a problem with the innocence of the act.

Now add alcohol to the situation.

You’re looking at an ITV2 lawsuit.

Of course, people get drunk and have sex every day. What they don’t have, is one million people analysing and questioning every part of the act.

From the motives to consent, legitimacy and honesty of emotions, the general public would tear apart a Love Island contestant if they found the smallest leeway to slander the acts of their drunken sex.

Liar. Rapist. Manipulator. Control freak.

All of these words are comfortably crammed into a 140-character tweet.

Point number three, the rule on drunken sex, is not good for our society.

For contestants entering the villa, the rule has become the most important tool for sexual protection.

Safe sex used to mean condoms and the pill.

Now it means to stay sober.

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