Why Megan Barton Hanson was told not to have sex with Wes Nelson on Love Island
Megan Barton Hanson is rallying against reductive gender-based double standards when it comes to women and sex, and has revealed that some of her formerLove Islandco-stars advised her not to have sex with Wes Nelson over fears she would be slut-shamed by the nation.
The 24-year-old former glamour model has written a piece about her experiences of being "degraded" by both men and women over her previous career choices, for having a high sex drive and speaking openly about her former sexual partners.
The star also received death threats on social media while she was on the show, until her friend who was running her Instagram turned off the comments.
After initially coupling up with Eyal Booker, the pair had sex before she broke it off with him when she developed feelings for Wes.
"Some of the cast were trying to tell me not to have sex again because they knew how I would be perceived," Megan wrote in her article titled 'I’ve been slut-shamed since I was 16, but I’m proud of my sexuality' fori News.
"The fact I had sex in the villa with not one, but two men, appears to have shocked the nation! I find it difficult to understand how in 2019 there is still so much stigma around women admitting they enjoy sex too?"
She also points out that Wes didn't receive the same judgement for sleeping with Laura Anderson before he and Megan got together.
"No one mentions the fact Wes had sex with Laura and then me, or were fearful of how Wes would be perceived for having sex with more than one person on the show," she continued.
"No one was bothered that Adam had done bits with Rosie and then got with Zara. There was no concern about how he would be perceived; in fact, people laughed and joked about what a player he was."
But the star has said that the experience has made her fully embrace her sexuality, rather than regret her sexual history or former career choices. She says it's her past - and any mistakes she has made along the way - that has formed who she is today.
"We need to teach younger girls they shouldn’t be ashamed of their choices or desires," she argued. "Women should be able to speak openly about sex, their sexual desires and appetite, just as men have done for years."
Yes, Megan. We'd like more of this please.
Video: Love Island's Wes Nelson shares cute throwback of Megan Barton Hanson
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