Love Island: why we need to call out controlling “banter”
Polly Neate, Women’s Aid CEO said: “When Jonny said that new arrival Theo would have to prise Tyla ‘from my cold dead hands’ it was not romantic. It did not demonstrate just how much he liked her. It was possessive and controlling. What can be all too easily passed off as banter, actually carries the underlying sentiment that this man believes he owns this woman. All of us have a duty to call out this sort of behaviour and challenge these sexist remarks when we hear them. The fact that Tyla says she was left wanting to run away from a controlling relationship in the past, shows just how easy this sort of behaviour, if unchecked, can slip into a controlling and abusive relationship.”
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