The new series of Love Island will aim to tone down its sexual content by instilling some new rules over what its stars can or cannot get up to.
According to the Mirror, the new additions to the steamy show will be made to adhere by the programme’s new policies when it comes to intimate relations with its randy contestants, meaning audiences won’t be seeing the usual explicitness the show’s synonymous with.
While producers are asking their stars not fight amongst each other – good luck with enforcing that one – they’ve been given a bonkers set of ‘sex rules’ to follow.
No masturbating is one. Despite actual sex being encouraged, alone time is strictly forbidden.
No nudity is also a thing, so no one can be seen stark naked by another islander – despite the likelihood of sex happening. This is apparently because the villa they’re staying in is ‘public’, and therefore cannot be exposing themselves – not even in the bathroom. How do they shower, then?
No drunk-sex is another no-no, which appears to have some moral backbone to it. Alcohol can blur someone’s judgement and in any circumstances it’s important not to ply people with drink in the hope they’ll have sex on telly because that’s highly exploitative and irresponsible.
Also, the idea of promoting promiscuous, drunk (and potentially unprotected) sex is not a good example to set, especially in the #MeToo era.
After ‘doing the deed’, housemates will be offer counselling, which is an interesting offering. It could be for a number of reasons, such as to discuss guilt or regret, or simply to serve as a salacious extra dimension to the show by gossiping about their sexual encounter. It’s also a place to get emergency contraception, too, so it’s not a complete waste of time.
Well, a handbook to be precise. It states the full rules of the villa and how to conduct oneself. It includes information on safe sex and contraception, consent, nudity, and knowing the difference between right and wrong (which you’d hope they’d already be aware of that last point.)
Love Island, presented by Caroline Flack, is back in June and will air on ITV2.