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The Summer Of (Bi-Curious) Love

With I Kissed A Girl, Kate Perry's pop ode to lesbian experimentation in its third week at the top of Billboard's singles chart, conservatives are continuing to fruitlessly (heh) blow their tops. Over on, Brent Bozell III is calling this "the bi-curious summer."
When our culture merchants calculate how to exploit societal attitudes toward the homosexual lifestyle, one factor doesn't enter into the equation. Frankly, they don't give a d--- about people who believe it's a sin against God. Those religious people with their religious hang-ups aren't likely to watch MTV, so why bother with their silly complaints?

Religious concerns safely tossed aside, producers are free to explore how best to profit from pushing envelopes. They know that (most) men don't enjoy watching gay men, but enough do like to watch women flirt with lesbianism to make it a commercially viable enterprise. Enter the idea of women being "bi-curious," as the slang goes.

The trend has landed on top of the Billboard pop charts and has dominated the top of the i-Tunes download list in the form of Katy Perry's song "I Kissed A Girl." The concept has become so mainstream that she performed her song on Fox's summer series "So You Think You Can Dance." She's also made a cameo appearance on the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless." This summer she's one of the few female performers featured on the Warped Tour, an appropriate word for her act.
Bozell goes on to attack MTV for "exploiting" bisexuality via Tila Tequila. Where has Bozell been for the last 20 years? Pretty girls flirting with bisexuality have been the hallmark of straight porn, nighttime soaps, and cable channels for, like, ever.

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