Love is Blind. (L to R) Johnny, Amy in episode 606 of Love is Blind. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024

‘Love is Blind’s Season 6 Discussion About Birth Control Isn’t Cringe. It’s Necessary.

Love is Blind. (L to R) Johnny, Amy in episode 606 of Love is Blind. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024

Love is Blind doesn’t exactly feel like the place for in-depth conversations about reproductive health. If we’re being fair, the Netflix reality show doesn’t feel like the place for honest, in-depth conversations at all. Reality TV has built a reputation of being more about glitz, glamour, and drama than about actual substance. And then there’s the fact that one of the people involved in this conversation about reproductive health is Latina – and if our community is something, it’s renowned for not talking about some things. “Some things” include Sex Ed, family planning, and birth control.

But Amy and Johny, the least problematic couple on Love is Blind Season 6, and the only one we should probably be betting on to make it to the altar had what felt like an eye-opening conversation about the subject in the latest batch of episodes that has left people talking; both in favor of the conversation but also some in concern. A conversation like this isn’t eye-opening, or it shouldn’t be. It was just a young couple discussing their sex life and whether they wanted children or not. You know, the thing every couple should do, together.

Nevertheless, the comments about this conversation have continued.

After the episodes aired, Amy herself stepped in and gave a little more context into why the conversation felt so charged on her Instagram Stories. Amy, who isn’t on birth control because of a hormonal issue, brought up a vasectomy as a possibility to help with some of the honest fears both had about having a child. She also pointed out that sex education in the United States isn’t exactly the best, and spoke up about the importance of opening up this conversation.

The last part is especially important since Amy pointed out that, as a Latina, these topics are not widely spoken in our culture, and growing up she shied away from talking about things like this. And when women don’t have answers and don’t know where to go to ask questions, especially in our communities, they end up in situations they don’t want to be in or didn’t plan to be in so soon in life.

Personally, I have been on birth control for most of my adult life. Because of that, I was able to get not just a college degree, but a Master’s degree. I was able to travel, and I was able to plan my life the way I wanted to without having to worry that I would have to move on to another stage of my life before I was ready. Women without information don’t have the luxury or choice I had. Which, a side note, plenty of women still end up getting degrees while having children. It’s just harder because children are their own people and a huge responsibility.

Amy and Johnny’s conversation on a show as big as Love is Blind will open the door for a lot of people in the Latine community, and perhaps in other communities, to ask questions and to have conversations about things the previous generation didn’t talk about like reproductive health. That’s big already, and though it might not be what Amy and Johnny intended, their willingness to be open and honest about their fears on an international stage like Love is Blind has already helped a lot of people be a little more curious about condoms, birth control, and vasectomies.

It also has probably helped them. Marriage is about many things, but communication is very high on the list. We’ve seen Amy and Johnny engage in a conversation about family planning already, and the show still has three more episodes to go. That is a good sign for a couple that is taking an experiment that forces you into a very accelerated timeline very seriously. And if anything, it makes it very, very easy to root for the two of them to not just figure it out, but to find lasting happiness even when the cameras leave.

Love is Blind is the type of show that potentiates the drama. Rarely does the show provide real lessons, or make us feel like there is something in it that we can apply to our everyday lives. But Amy and Johnny’s reproductive health discussion has had the unintended effect of making an entire community look inward and think about the things we know and the things we talk about (or don’t talk about) – with our family, with our friends, and with our significant others.

Because, even if for some of us these things might be obvious, for others they aren’t, and that means having the conversations out loud is important. Amy and Johnny have proved it.

The first 9 episodes of Love is Blind Season 6 are available to stream on Netflix, with episodes 10-11 being released next Wednesday, February 28th, and the finale being released on Wednesday, March 6th.