There hasn't been a dull moment with Maura since she entered the villa and in last night's episode, the drama reached peak levels. On Sunday's instalment, Maura won the weekly challenge for her ability to "down anything". As a reward, Maura was allowed to spend one night in the hideaway with the man of her choice. That very day she had shared her first kiss with Manchester model, Tom, so naturally, she chose him. With the events that followed, a reality TV feminist icon was born.
Since entering the villa, Maura has been comfortable with her sexuality and open when talking about sex. Within 2 minute screen time, she declared to the nation she has 'fanny flutters'. Sure didn't we all when we first set our eyes on Tommy Fury. Most of the time, Maura says what we're all thinking. Although it should be noted that her aggressive pursuit of Tommy was a step too far and had genders been switched, she would have been kicked out of the villa.
Maura's attitude towards sex is a topic of much discussion in the villa and when it's discussed there is always an element of slut-shaming. In one of the many conversations the Islanders have while lounging by the pool on bean bags, Maura revealed her magic number, the number of people she has slept with.
The conversation started with Tommy asking Maura, ‘On a scale of one to ten how much do you love sex?’. Maura responded: ‘Well I’ve only slept with five people. I swear on my life.’ In total disbelief of this revelation, Molly-Mae said: ‘What? Come off it. You are messing.’. Fans on Twitter echoed this disbelief.
Maura: “I’ve only slept with 5 people”
— Kaitlin Smith (@Kaitlin86510154) June 19, 2019
Maura explained this surprisingly low number saying: ‘Hello, I was in a nine-year relationship and a two-year relationship. How would I have slept with anymore?’ Molly- Mae then added in comments I for one found insulting, ‘I thought you’d be in the f**king numbers. The numbers. ‘You’re so, you know, sensual. You love it. I thought the number would be higher than five. But kudos to you. Proud of ya. Keep those numbers low.’
"Keep those numbers low", there is a phrase that would never be uttered to a man. A man has multiple sexual partners, he's given a pat on the back for it, a woman is slut-shamed. Maura, our new feminist queen has bought to mainstream attention that slut-shaming towards a woman that is open about sex is still the common reaction. Women enjoy sex too!
Urgh that pissed me off when Maura said she’d only slept with 5 guys and Mollie said “proud of you hun. Keep it low” - Why don’t you go ask Tommy the same question hun #loveisland
— Amelia Dimoldenberg (@ameliadimz) June 19, 2019
Last night, Maura addressed this issue head-on. After it was revealed that Tom would be spending the night in the hideaway, the men of the villa exposed themselves as shitebags, with single women everywhere thinking 'why do we stress about these imbeciles'. Chatting to the lads ahead of his night in the hideout, Tom said "let’s see if she’s all mouth” about Maura. This immature display highlights that women are objectified for expressing that they like sex. Maura's reaction was priceless.
I pray every woman has the speed, fury and accuracy of response that Maura just had to Tom being an edgelord dick on #loveisland. "You think I'm going to suck you off? Fuck off." She is my queen.
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) June 24, 2019
can’t wait for my kids to learn in history about how Maura Higgins ended toxic masculinity on ITV2’s hit show Love Island #LoveIsland
— lewys (@lookingforlewys) June 24, 2019
The Maura Lisa -
— James Patrice (@JamesPatrice) June 23, 2019
Maura showing that girls can openly enjoy sex, but also showing that it doesn’t allow men to walk all over her and assume they’re gonna get it??#Loveisland
— sophie ? (@sophsxoxx) June 23, 2019
maura not shaggin in the hideaway wouldn’t make her “all talk no action”, it would mean she didn’t want sex in that moment. end of story. a girl talking freely about sex doesn’t mean she owes it to you at any moment #loveisland
Lucie - "Just cos she's open about sex, she's not easy."
Maura - "It's 2019. Girls can talk about sex."
Amber - "Why weren't you respectful tonight if you were going to be tomorrow?"
GIRLS YOU ARE SLAYING THIS #LoveIsland pic.twitter.com/XSrkwv8TzZ
— Lara Terry (@LaraRixon) June 24, 2019
Fair play Maura, you are an inspiration to us all.