Saturday, August 2, 2008

"I Kissed a Girl"


Warning: Provocative Material (Video not suggested for the young-lings. And if you do watch it, no need to watch the whole thing, it's pretty easy to get the idea in the first couple of seconds).

I haven't listened to the top 40 in a long while, but if you have you probably would noticed this catchy song by Katy Perry titled "I Kissed a Girl" released in the U.S. early May. The chorus of the song goes as follows:

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


So just who is this Katy Perry and what is she trying to say? That seems to be the big discussion as both conservatives and liberals don't seem to know what to do with her. Wikipedia says the following about her early career; "Her burgeoning music career led to her being named "The Next Big Thing" in October 2004 in Blender Magazine, where Perry stated she wasn't "a typical Christian", mentioning that she had done "lots of bad things" during her adolescence." I guess she isn't holding onto that "christian" image any longer.

When you really start looking at the lyrics of this song closely and consider the culture that promotes this kind of bi-sexual experimentation, you'll realize that it isn't just a song promoting the gay lifestyle. The song is also defining the sex culture of the heterosexual youth. The video portrays this perfectly, looking more like a pornographic stage set complete with silky corsets and erotic postures (made to look appealing to the young male culture than anything else).

The Rolling Stone says "the supposedly rebellious "attention-grabbing" lyrics are "a vanilla recounting of her chick-on-chick exploits" and that this "acting out" is "just to get a dude's attention."

I think they've hit the nail on the head. Something I have always had a hard time understanding is why other young women like to act flirty with each other in club scenes and at bars when really all they are looking for is a male's attention. I believe now it is because of two things. One: peer pressure. And two: they think they can get a guy's attention if they act out in this way (and usually they do).

The thing is, bi-sexuality is becoming more and more popular with the youth but surprisingly this is not just because of the acceptance of the gay and lesbian cultures. No, I think you can trace this right back to pornography. The pornographic addiction of our society (both males and females) is influencing heterosexuals to be part of a sex culture that not only accepts bi-sexuality but promotes it. Katy's song brings us into that culture, and declares "I liked it!"

The lyrics near the end of the song just about sums up just how we are suppose to feel about it,
Ain't no big deal, it's innocent.

4 comments:

john said...

Interesting take on Perry. I think you nailed it when you said, "looking more like a pornographic stage set complete with silky corsets and erotic postures (made to look appealing to the young male culture than anything else)".

I am one of those that don't follow pop music all that closely so I really hadn't heard of Katy Perry before the controversy over her latest release but I have since read several articles about her and interviews she has given. To me, the most fascinating aspect of Perry is that she is the daughter of two parents, both pastors, and she began her singing career in church. She even began her early professional career as a Christian singer.

So, I keep wondering, what happened to her? What changed a young girl singing Christian songs in front of her church into an adult woman singing songs that are the very antithesis of what she was taught while growing up? Bad parenting? Love of worldly pleasures? Rebelliousness? It's completely mysterious to me.

Just out of curiosity, what is your take on this? What influences could cause such a change?

Matthew Cochrane said...

"The thing is, bi-sexuality is becoming more and more popular with the youth but surprisingly this is not just because of the acceptance of the gay and lesbian cultures. No, I think you can trace this right back to pornography. The pornographic addiction of our society (both males and females) is influencing heterosexuals to be part of a sex culture that not only accepts bi-sexuality but promotes it."

I could not agree more. A few years ago a book was released called "Pornified" and examined, from a secular point of view, how pornography had permeated nearly every aspect of our society and culture. The amazing thing is not that videos like Perry's are being produced and released but that they are treated as common and ordinary.

Unfortunately, Christian parents are just as likely to let their children view this crap on MTV and listen to it on "Top 40" radio as non-Chrisian parents are. Gone is the counter-culture message of the gospel and, in its place, is a watered-down Christianity where the church strives to be accepted by mainstream culture instead of trying to change it.

THIS BURNING WOMAN said...

I think I would have to know more about her parents and the kind of life she grew up in, but my initial guess would be that once this "nice Christian" girl went off to college and into the real world she allowed liberal ideas into her mind and then into her life.

We are seeing our Christian colleges destroyed by Feminism, Evolution, etc. We are seeing our churches being torn down by Homosexuality. We are constantly being attacked by the "scientific" community. No wonder young Christians are having a hard time.

THIS BURNING WOMAN said...

Matthew,

I think this may also be because it is becoming harder and harder for Christian parents to keep the liberal influences out of their homes and protect their children. So sadly many of them are just giving up because its just easier.