This viral Love Island moment has sparked a nationwide feminist debate

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Whether we are ready to admit it in public or not, the majority of us are spending our nights glued to our TV screens – and it’s all the fault of Love Island.

But, while we may harbour a strange fascination for the show, we tend to accept it for what it is: incredibly easy viewing, that doesn’t require all too much brain power.

So we were incredibly surprised when one particularly explosive episode sparked a nationwide debate about feminism.

Yes, you read correctly: one of the show’s starring couples, Jonny and Camilla, became the most trending topic on Twitter after their discussion about Jonny’s tepid take on feminism left Camilla in tears.

The conversation began with Jonny saying that “real feminists” want equality to “slope towards them.”

“The majority of feminists, real feminists, believe in a slope towards them,” he said to Camilla.

Perplexed, humanitarian worker Camilla responded: “I don’t think it’s that, it’s that there’s been several generations that have been preferential towards men, and therefore to redress the balance there has to be in some way an active movement towards equality.”

Cue Jonny rolling his eyes and replying: “Do women not have equality?”

 “Absolutely not,” she replied.

“How so?” he asked.

“I mean, really?” responded Camilla.

“Yeah, in England, in the U.K,” he replied.

“If you look at the number of females in high-powered jobs, top-tier jobs…” began Camilla, clearly warming to her theme of discrimination in the workplace – and the hugely publicised gender wage gap.

However Jonny cut her off mid-sentence, insisting: “Our Prime Minister’s a woman.”


“Sure. But then how many other female MPs are there?” asked Camilla.

“I’m not sure it’s a boy’s club,” said Jonny. “They just choose who is the most qualified for the job,” he said.

Visibly frustrated, Camilla fired back: “Do you think that truly, we’ve achieved equality in the U.K? Do you believe that women have equal opportunities?” 

However Jonny did not give her the answer she was hoping for.

“I think women have more opportunities,” he said.

Camilla was bitterly disappointed by her partner’s reaction (and who can blame her?) – and soon announced that the conversation had inspired her to end their relationship, once and for all.

“'I can barely look at him, let alone try and talk to him,” she said, adding: “I'm not saying that he's not entitled to his opinion,

“I'm just saying that I can't agree with that… for me, anyone who is at this time in life discussing feminism in that way, it really puts me off.”

Camilla, we hear you – and it seems a lot of people on Twitter do, too:

Images: ITV2


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Jasmine Andersson

When she isn't talking about her emotional attachment to meal deals or serenading unfortunate individuals with David Bowie power solos in karaoke booths, Jasmine writes about gender, politics and culture as a freelance journalist. She wastes her days tweeting @the__chez