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Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson Kiss at MTV Movie Awards

Girl-on-Girl Kissing: What Is It Good For?

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.


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Venus1 Venus1 5 years
What's it for? FUN, FUN, FUN....and if you are in private the next big can get even better!
runningesq runningesq 5 years
^^ I meant, when I saw WHY ScarJo was on stage and that they were going to kiss, I thought it was ridiculous.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Ugh, when I saw where this was going I rolled my eyes. Trying too hard, much?
janneth janneth 5 years
Contrived.
janneth janneth 5 years
Contrived.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 5 years
Aw, Scarlett...you could do so much better....*sad*
nancita nancita 5 years
Now, when Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson star in a very honest and thought-provoking portrayal of a lesbian relationship and win best kiss, that will be progress!
nancita nancita 5 years
Well said! I was thinking the same thing when I watched the Sandra/Scarlett kiss. I don't really find it empowering at all. It's rather predictable, and I don't think it's really helping us progress in terms of sexual openness if it's just for shock value or to get people talking.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
As I heard someone else put it: MTV - simultaneously of its time and out of touch. Stale.
babaloo babaloo 5 years
It's not even interesting anymore. It is contrived and not at all shocking. Which is what the talent hopes it is because they are mostly boring.
reesiecup reesiecup 5 years
I thought it was in reference to Sandra and Meryl Streep or whatever. Either way, there are a lot of cultures and families that kiss each other on the mouth. Not mine, but it doesn't really freak me out when I see it either.
stephley stephley 5 years
It always seems contrived - let's do this, so we're sure to be discussed when the show is reviewed.
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