Long before Love Island, there was the Sex Raft… and I’m a survivor

Long before Love Island, there was the Sex Raft… and I’m a survivor

In early 1973, a mysterious advertisement appeared in national newspapers around the world.

“Expedition leader looks for volunteers to sail on a raft across the Atlantic: duration 3 months; males and females; preferably married but participation without spouse; age 25-40.”

If it sounds like a precursor to Love Island, the reality TV phenomenon which begins its fifth series on Monday on ITV2, it was. The ad was placed by Santiago Genovés, a Mexican anthropologist who wanted answers to big questions about violence, aggression and identity politics. Believing that sex was at the root of all conflict, he decided to take a group of unusually attractive people – five men and six women – from different…

 

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