It seems we can't get enough of girls kissing in the new milennium.
Britney and Madonna's kiss is just the most famous occurrance of
what many men fantasise about, and what increasing numbers of women
are keen to do.
Recently it's been reported that hetero girls kissing other girls
has become a popular pasttime at schools and universities, and they're
primarily doing it to impress the boys. Stories about of frat boys
chanting "kiss, kiss, kiss" at parties, and the straight
girls are happy to oblige them. It seems they enjoy shocking others,
or gaining attention.
One news story reported that two 12 year old girls had been suspended
from school for kissing and charging boys to watch the show.
Images of girls kissing have become more frequent in the last couple
of years, as the mainstream media dares to push boundaries and include
lesbian kisses in their content.
TV shows such as The L Word are the latest in this foray
into lesbian-friendly drama.
Other examples of girls kissing on TV include:
* CJ (Amanda Donohoe) and Abby (Michele Greene) on L.A. Law in 1991
* Roseanne and Sharon (Mariel Hemingway) on "Roseanne"
* Ellen (Ellen Degeneres) and Laurie (Lisa Darr) on "Ellen"
* Ally (Calista Flockhart) and Georgia (Courtney Thorne Smith) on
"Ally McBeal" in 1998
* Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) on "Xena"
* Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) on "Buffy"
* Molly (Melissa George) and Tabitha (Carly Thomas) in "Friends"
(A full timeline of lesbian TV kisses can be found at AfterEllen)
Some lesbian activists have pointed out that this kind of lesbian
imagery can work against gay rights, as they often rely on stereotypes
about lesbians and a male view of female homosexual desire. "I
think that generally these images reinforce the idea that women's
sexual desire doesn't really exist except in relation to heterosexual
men," activist Dona Yarbrough told Tufts Daily. "'Lesbian
sexuality' is always presented and interpreted in mainstream media
as a performance for heterosexual men."
When it comes to porn, girls kissing is a very popular subject.
The mostly male viewers of pornography enjoy seeing women being
intimate with one another. For them, it's about enjoying women's
bodies without having to see another man. There's also the slightly
taboo aspect that still surrounds looking at homosexuality.