Straight girls kissing was not new when Britney Spears and Madonna locked lips at the 2003 VMAs, but it was to basic cable. The kiss was mind-blowing for boys, inspiring for girls, and since then the girl-on-girl kiss has become a pop culture trope, a Facebook photo opp.
When Sandra Bullock got on stage last night at the MTV Movie Awards, a plan to kiss Scarlett Johansson conceived as an overt way of telling the public to find a new narrative, it wasn't shocking or scandalous. But is that because a decade of straight women kissing has normalized it or desensitized us?
Not to take the fun out of a kiss, but straight women kissing is not helping anyone. Except, maybe, straight men — the kiss's audience. At first it seems progressive: I'm so open-minded, I'll kiss a girl. Yet women aren't doing it because it's no big deal; they're doing it because it's shocking. Or it was.