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“I Kissed A Girl”

This was never the way I planned
Not my intention
I got so brave, drink in hand
Lost my discretion
It’s not what, I’m used to
Just wanna try you on
I’m curious for you
Caught my attention

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

No, I don’t even know your name
It doesn’t matter
You’re my experimental game
Just human nature
It’s not what, good girls do
Not how they should behave
My head gets so confused
Hard to obey

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

Us girls we are so magical
Soft skin, red lips, so kissable
Hard to resist so touchable
Too good to deny it
Ain’t no big deal, it’s innocent

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

Alright, I heard this song for the first time this weekend.  I know it’s super popular, so maybe I’ve been a bit out of touch.  In my defense, we use XM Radio where I work, and I pretty much have to listen to sappy love songs all day which was particularly difficult last December when I was going through a bad break up, and was listening to these songs while helping happy couples shop for engagement rings.  Anyhow, I digress.

When I first heard it, I thought it was a really fun song, and then someone said, “I didn’t know it was about kissing a girl.”  I stopped to listen and then caught the lyrics. I later “googled” the lyrics and watched the video on YouTube. I know that there is a lot of talk about this song, so I wanted to give my take. 

First let me say that songs like Prince’s “Darling Nikki” and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” certainly didn’t ruin my life.  That said, my mother did make me return Prince’s “Purple Rain” album when I received it as a gift on my 13th birthday back in 1984. I think that parents need to be involved in what their young teenage girls are listening to, and not be afraid to be the one strict parent. 

“I Kissed a Girl” isn’t about lesbianism.  I have several friends who are gay, and I don’t have a problem with homosexuality. What I don’t like is that it is about one woman objectifying another woman for the sake of a man. It’s bad enough that men objectify us.  Do we really need to objectify eachother?  It’s about a girl trying to get her boyfriend’s attention by kissing a girl to turn him on.  Seriously, it’s a slippery slope. If you don’t already have his attention and turn him on, maybe it’s time to move on.

I also don’t like that the song glorifys the fact that the girl did this while drinking.  She does something “unplanned” and “not her intention” when she has a “drink in hand” and “lost discretion”. Girls need to realize that if they are doing or saying things they wouldn’t do sober, that they have a problem with alcohol. With camera phones and the internet, girls need to understand that their actions now will have consequences in the future, not to mention ramifications like DUI’s, STD’s and pregnancy.

– Miss A

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