Last Night’s Love Island Proved Twins Are Still Heavily Fetishized, But Why?

The introduction of Jessica and Eve Gale (predictably) sent the boys into a frenzy.

Jessica and Eve Gale

by Georgia Aspinall |

Last night, twin contestants Jessica and Eve Gale entered Love Island at the final second, ready to mix up the couples. Their arrival sent contestants into a spin, quite predictably – the men more so than the women.

Practically salivating over the twins, all of the boys seemed to forget their partners existed upon the girls' arrival (save maybe Callum, our only hope this season…we’re calling it now). ‘Oh my God, I actually couldn’t believe it,’ Nas said in the beach hut . ‘Twins! What a bombshell!’

‘They’re twins!,’ Ollie repeated four times before knocking over his drink in excitement.

‘Twice is definitely nice, you know what I mean?’ Mike added.

It was a predictably fetishized reaction, one that’s so expected you almost forget how weird it is in the context of dating. What are the men expecting? A twin threesome? Is incest suddenly an acceptable sexual kink that we’re all just going to laugh about because…lol it’s Love Island!

Even if they’re not salivating over the potential to date two sisters at the same time, the contestants' reaction – and the fact the twins were used as a TV bombshell at all – speaks to one glaring truth: everyone is absolutely by twins. But why?

According to Psychology Today, the twin obsession started long before Love Island made us question modern men.

‘Twins have been considered a source of fascination and wonder/repulsion and fear since the beginning of recorded history,’ says Barbara Klein, psychologist and expert in twin identity studies. ‘Mythology, religion, literature, film, and art use twins to represent magical powers of closeness and the opposite - discord and rage.’

Today, modern society is fascinated by twins because of the potential for scientific breakthroughs into genetics. In fact, twins are often used to examine the difference between genetic and environmental influences. Beyond science, the idea that twins are telepathic is so popular it birthed an entire YouTube challenge with some videos gaining over 20 million views.

To be clear, twin telepathy is not a thing - with any evidence of such largely anecdotal, according to Live Science.

'Twins often finish each other's sentences and think the same thoughts, but that has more to do with shared experiences than any psychic telepathy,' writes psychologist Benjamin Radford. 'This sort of psychological connection isn't necessarily mysterious: any two people who know each other very well and who have shared many common experiences.'

So all the fuss does not necessarily signal sexual interest, so much as a general feeling of intrigue around the biological wonder that is twins. But still, the existence of twin babies has been recorded way back to the fourth century. You would have thought that, by now, we might not be salivating and screaming at the sight of them.

Alas, perhaps it’s just another reminder that Love Island is as behind the times as ever. Or, that society is and Love Island simply exemplifies that. Maybe Jess and Eve will prove once and for all, twins are just normal people – nothing to necessarily throw your champagne over for. No pressure, ladies.

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Meet The Love Island Contestants

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'If you're friends then you don't cross any boundaries', says Leanne. 'If you're not close friends with someone there's no such thing as girl code.'

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'My friends call me Princess Jasmine And the Eyebrow Queen', Siannise says. 'I'm after my own Aladdin, I guess.'

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Eve says: ''Tyga, Kylie Jenner's ex, messaged me. We were both at an event and I posted an Instagram story tagging him. He then messaged me afterwards and we spoke on WhatsApp. Then when me and Jess were in Ibiza, he was there again. He asked me to meet him but we arrived the day he left. Pop Smoke, the R 'n' B rapper, messaged me too.'Jess says: 'I was seeing someone and it was going really well. Then I saw him on Instagram in photos with a girl. The caption said 'A rare one, I love you'. They'd been to Dubai together and were proper tight. The dates with me meant he'd been cheating the whole time.''

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'My last boyfriend I was with cheated on me', explains Shaughna. 'I always used to think if I got cheated on it'd be door shut, go away. It's not like that, cheating messes you up. I could never do that to anyone. I wouldn't like to be with someone who had cheated in their past.'

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'I went for dinner on a date and we had camembert to start. The date went well and I gave him a peck goodbye when I left', recalls Sophie. 'I got home and went in to take my make-up off and realised I had a bit of cheese hanging down from the corner of my mouth. I don't know how I didn't feel it and he hadn't said anything to me! When I asked him about it he said he hadn't wanted to embarrass me but I'd rather have known. I'm hoping my dates are a bit less cheesy in the Villa...'

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'I'm on my phone constantly, mainly on social media', says Paige. 'I feel like I'm not in the room as much as I should be. I think that's what I'm going to struggle with the most in the villa, not having my phone.'

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'I'm a solid 8 and I have piercing eyes that look into your soul', Mike says. 'II'm lucky because of my job as a Police Officer I can use the cheeky lines about getting handcuffs out! It normally works.'

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'I went on a date with a girl', says Connor. 'She asked me back to her house for some more drinks and let's just say I ended up getting on really well with her housemate...'

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'I always think it's best to go to a guy and speak to them first to clear up anything you need to' says Callum of the "boy code." 'I wouldn't go behind a lad's back.'

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Nas says: 'If I think you're pretty, I'll tell you you're pretty. Or I'll comment on your outfit, rather than a generic chat up line. In a relationship, I'm loyal. Dating is different. You're not really completely attached to someone...'

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'Best chat up line I've ever used is, "Do you know Polzeath beach in Cornwall? I own it." ' says Ollie. 'That's it. Chat up line, done. My party trick is the fact that I throw a bloody awesome party! Think Gatsby but with better fireworks.'

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