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Love Island and the coded language of sex

By Hannah Charnock, Lecturer in British History, University of Bristol
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“We were at St Mary’s stadium last night, both teams were ready to rock and roll. The whistle got blown soon as, well, before the lights even went down, and the floodlights come on and it was literally – sprinklers erupted!”

This confusing description is how Love Island contestant Jake Cornish talked about his bedtime exploits with fellow contestant Liberty Poole last week.

The reality show, now in its seventh season, takes a group of mainly 20-somethings (known as islanders) and throws them into a villa for eight weeks in the hope that drama and, most importantly, romance…


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