Britney and friends encourage "Bisexual Chic"

Scruffy the Vampire Slayer's picture

Was looking around on PopDirt.com and they had this piece:
The Guardian reports that after being emboldened by such images as Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on the MTV Video Music Awards, girls are proudly declaring their alternative sexualities at a younger age than ever before as a wave of "bisexual chic" is sweeping America. "I don't think it's possible statistically to say it's increasing, but it seems more girls are comfortable to identify themselves as bisexual," said Denise Pell, president of BiNet USA, a network for bisexuals. "For some, it may be what they really feel; others may be questioning themselves and their sexualities; and it's possible that some are doing it because they think it's chic. It doesn't necessarily mean these kids are sexually active, but they are learning about themselves, not just in their sexualities but in their lives in general. And that should only be encouraged."
there's a link to the full story here: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/01/05/2003086463

personally I don't think the MTV Kiss or Tatu inspired it I think it reflected what was already there, and it's not really a growing acceptance of homosexuality more a growing acceptance of using gayness to titilate straight men. I mean do you see Justin Timberlake and Pharell Williams tonguing at the VMA'S? no. (although that would be very hot :>))

adbak's picture

I mean do you see Justin Timberlake...

I mean do you see Justin Timberlake and Pharell Williams tonguing at the VMA'S? no. (although that would be very hot :>))

Holy hell it would be!

Personally I don't think the MTV Kiss or Tatu inspired it I think it reflected what was already there....

I agree. I think there was an undercurrent of sexual awareness, but people are all too eager to scapegoat it on the "Britney/Madonna" kiss (and Christian Aguilera was part of that kiss too, don't leave her out) and tATu. I guess it's used as "evidence" to back up the statement. Who knows.

Scruffy the Vampire Slayer's picture

Good?yes. Bad also yes.

I do think in a sense this has helped. I remember when I was watching tATu promoting NOt Gonna Get Us (their second single) on tv, they were holding hands and I didn't really look twice, and it dawned on my that publicity ganing tonguing aside this really had made me change some kind of attitude I had. (by attitude I mean being surprised by the sight of two girls holding hands on tv, not that girls can SHOCK like each other)
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JB's picture

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I think this may be a case of actual shock at seeing such beavior in the mianstream, as spomething that was prevously relegated to "backrooms" or something to be "ashamed" of. I live in Canada. for the most part here, you can got o any city. see people of the same sex holding hands or kiss in the street. no one thinks twice (I said MOST parts not ALL) the more its accepted. the more comfortable you will become with seeing it.

insignificant_me's picture

i dont think the britany/mado

i dont think the britany/madonna/christina kiss really had an impact on peoples acceptance. My room mate and her friends who go out clubbing all the time, are all proud of the fact that they have all kissed 5-6 girls each and still consider them selves completely straight. is just so much more accepted for girls anyway that 2 girls can kiss in a club, and no one wonders if they are gay. it doesnt go that way for guys though.

ash_88's picture

hey

well i think yeah it might have been a stunt to boost ratings but if it's helping young girls feel or explore there sexuality what harm can it do and britneys hot lol but yeah itz good to see that some pressure may have been lifted from teens thinking.

ash

RoaG's picture

hmm, yeah...

i'm conflicted about this. although i would like to mainly look at the benefits of increasing awareness and the allowance of teens to explore their sexualities, i'm touchy about the whole thing because people have acused me of just saying i was bisexual for attention, and that really made me fucking upset because that was never the reason but i believed it for a long time.

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Dragon's picture

I've gotten the same criticis

I've gotten the same criticism, from my parents as well as peers and shrinks.

~dragon~

RoaG's picture

hmm, yeah...

i'm conflicted about this. i would like to mainly look at the benefits of increasing awareness and the allowance of teens to explore their sexualities. however, i'm touchy about the whole thing because people have acused me of just saying i was bisexual for attention, which is what some of these chicks are doing now, and that really made me fucking upset because that was never the reason but i believed it for a long time.

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justsomegirl's picture

bi chic

I have mixed feelings about it. One the one hand, if people are comfortable experimenting, thats great. But, its all about shock value. (female) bisexuality is mainstream enough that a celeb can kiss another girl and not risk losing her career over it, but it is still shocking enough that doing so will guarantee her a spot in every major news outlet.

Now on that Justin/Pharell kiss, men kissing is way hot (I say this as a lesbian ;-) There is something in general about two men being very tender/romantic with each other that I like.

Dragon's picture

A wave of people becoming bi

A wave of people becoming bi is sweeping the world, and I agree, it isn't about acceptance, it is about making men want them more.

~dragon~