Ambigous Sexuality Still Really Hot Right Now

July 13, 2008 at 8:24 am 3 comments

If you don’t listen to pop radio, you might not know that Katy Perry’s song “I Kissed a Girl” has been on top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts since July 5th. I heard it on the radio four times today. This full-throttle pop song is the interior monologue of a young heterosexual woman thinking “I kissed a girl and I liked it.” She reflects: ” It felt so wrong/It felt so right/Don’t mean I’m in love tonight.” It’s playful, fun, and full of pop hooks:

But we’ve heard this kind of thing before. Who else has made her reputation on flirting with the possibility of bisexuality? Why MySpace “Queen” Tia Tequila of course! Months after her hilariously awesome reality TV show ended, Tequila admitted “I still don’t know if I’m straight or if I’m gay” while accepting an A-List Award. While the comment is tongue and cheek, it illustrates my point (that I’m about to make.) Bisexuality is becoming more and more popular, but it still usually shows up as simply a confusing or comical crossroads in a more binary view of sexuality where everyone has to be either gay or straight. It would be nice if that were true, but modern studies (and most bisexuals) suggest a more complicated view of sexuality where very few people are all gay or all straight. Kinsey called it a spectrum.

In the exceedingly popular revival of Britain’s Dr. Who, John Barrowman portrays Captain Jack Harkness, a bisexual time traveler from the 51st century. In an American comic about a gay superhero, Midnighter, the title character runs into time traveling police from so far in the future that everyone is bi as a matter of fact. I suspect that as time goes on more and more sexual practices derided as strange or evil will become common vernacular. Dan Savage, the sex advice columnist writer/podcaster I listen to regularly, insists that even BDSM is old hat. As for Katy Perry? She’s obviously being facetious with her pseudo-concerned lyrics about being a good girl. I think it’s the nonchalant ‘tude of this song that makes it so appealing. As the song goes: “Ain’t no big deal, it’s innocent.”

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  • 1. Micaela  |  July 13, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Hey Josh – Agreed.

    Also, a have a good group going to screen on the gren tomorrow (monday) want to come with?

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  • 2. 2lesbosgoinatit  |  July 25, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    We like Katy’s song. In fact, it’s featured in our Lesbo Videos. It’s interesting though. There is a story on our blog right now about 2 female summer associates being fired from a law firm for some drunken kissing. Some of the comments at Above The Law (a legal blog) blame Katy’s song for the attorneys’ decision to lock lips. Anyway, if straight girls do want to kiss another girl – they should be limited by law to kissing lesbians.

    Love and kisses,

    One Lesbo

    http://2lesbosgoinatit.wordpress.com

    Reply
  • 3. Bill Samuels  |  December 16, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I don’t know, aren’t the words of the song “there’s nothing wrong, it’s so innocent” sort of implying that it’s okay because, after all, she’s not really a “dyke” and all that, so there’s nothing wrong with it. Is that supposed to be pro-gay? I don’t know. It sounds like the usual trendy “God, I’m not really gay I’m just a hip bisexual or only bicurious” crap that’s so prevalent in these days when so many people are stilll afraid of openly identifying as gay or lesbian. It also sounds as if the song is just tapping into this weird business of many straight guys who get turned on by the thought of two women making out — just as long as they aren’t really “dykes,” of course.

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Josh Kramer is a blogger, cartoonist, journalist, etc. I'm the Editor of The Cartoon Picayune. I live in Washington, DC and I just graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies. See work by me and my classmates.

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