What effect did the primped and buffed participants have on their self-image?
Did they feel any twinges of depression to know that life will never be like that addictive, sexy fantasy?
The question that concerns me is this: Does it damage young women themselves to be so drunk they have no idea who they’re having sex with or why?
And what effect does it have on teenagers to watch TV shows where stereotypically sexy young people appear to have just two aims in life: to get drunk and to get laid?
A group of young men and women are put up in a villa in Majorca under constant video surveillance.
It’s a bit like Big Brother, but contestants have to be in a couple not to get voted off the show by viewers, so there’s pressure to have sex that will be filmed.
Knowing quite well that such shows aren’t for the likes of me, I found them cheap, mind-blowingly tedious and tawdry. The truth is, they are shocking — in the clear message they deliver to young viewers. and any other word you care to use for being drunk and totally incapable.
But the 2016 series broadcast footage of a teenager having full sex with a man of 28.The camera panned lasciviously over almost identical buff bodies, the conversation was inane and when the Barbie-like girls lined up hoping to be chosen (from the back) it reminded me of picking school teams — with somebody left sad and unwanted at the end. A girl with the ubiquitous trout-pout letches over ‘the animalistic sexual magic’ of one of the men — who in turn discuss the assets of the women. big fake boobs, bleached blonde hair, long nails, thongs . But the point is that TV executives have to pull in advertising and naturally the highly sexed nature of Love Island delivered.As the writer Ariel Levy says in her excellent book about the normalisation of pornography: ‘If you remove the human factor from sex and make it about . The finale in July drew an audience of nearly three million and accounted for more than half of 16 to 24-year-old viewers.After all, I’d read the respected and talented journalist and novelist Elizabeth Day writing on the subject in a broadsheet newspaper.Day justified her addiction thus: ‘[It] is partly explained by the depressing and stressful nature of real life. Being able to spend an hour watching good-looking people frolic in a sun-dappled holiday villa suddenly seems like bliss.’Day gave as much thought to this mesmerizingly trashy programme as she might have done to a work of Jane Austen — analysing it in high-flown romantic terms.Still, many intelligent people adored Love Island, booze is not given a starring role in the story and compared with Geordie Shore and Ex On The Beach it’s Romeo And Juliet.