The Pop Hit Of The Summer Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl, the No. 1 hit this summer, is a celebration of teenage sexual experimentation. That's not so strange, but this pop hit features a young woman gleefully mulling same-sex smooching.
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Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl, the No. 1 hit this summer, is a celebration of teenage sexual experimentation. That's not so strange, but this pop hit features a young woman gleefully mulling same-sex smooching.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

The current number one song on the Billboard pop charts celebrates teenage make-out sessions. Nothing unusual about that, but Katy Perry's song is about same-sex smooching. It's called "I Kissed A Girl."

Youth Radio asked around to see what teenagers are making of the song.

(Soundbite of song, "I Kissed a Girl")

Ms. KATY PERRY (Singer): (Singing) I kissed a girl, and I liked it, the taste of her cherry ChapStick. I kissed a girl, and I liked it.

Unidentified Woman #1: I've kissed girls, and I've liked it, and it opened a dialogue, at least with my roommates and I, about kissing girls, and it turned into like, you know, oh, what girls have you kissed, and yeah, I like girls, and I'm attracted to girls, too, but overall, we would end up with boys, like to marry and be normal with boys, I guess.

Unidentified Woman #2: The media portrays women on women as, like, girls can kiss other girls, and it's like, oh, hee, hee, hee, we're not in love, we're just kissing. It's nothing.

(Soundbite of song, "I Kissed a Girl")

Ms. PERRY: (Singing) You're my experimental game, just human nature. It's not what good girls do, not how they should behave.

Unidentified Woman #3: The fact that it is so edgy, but it is still the number-one song, I think means that this is a common feeling among I guess girls or women wanting to experiment with someone of the same sex.

(Soundbite of song, "I Kissed a Girl")

Ms. PERRY: (Singing) I kissed a girl just to try it. I hope my boyfriend don't mind it.

Unidentified Man #1: Apparently, I have dated a girl that was bisexual. So I was pretty hurt. I was pretty confused. Then once again, I was excited, and then I got back to mad.

Unidentified Woman #4: For some people nowadays, being lesbian is a trend.

Unidentified Woman #5: Being bi is a trend.

Unidentified Woman #4: Yeah.

Unidentified Woman #5: Because I find girls, like - I mean, I've known them, like, all my life, and they've been straight, and then like, oh, I'm bi now, and I'm like, oh, when did you decide this? Like I don't understand.

(Soundbite of song, "I Kissed a Girl")

Ms. PERRY: (Singing) It's not what I'm used to, just want to try it on. I'm curious for you, caught my attention.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Unidentified Woman #6: I'm not really attracted to girls, but I really like the song because it's got a good beat. You can dance to it. This song, along with a lot of the other songs that have been number one in the past, just cheesy pop songs, no one's really listening to what it says.

(Soundbite of song, "I Kissed a Girl")

Ms. PERRY: (Singing) Too good to deny it. Ain't no big deal. It's innocent. I kissed a girl, and I liked it.

Unidentified Woman #7: (Singing) I kissed a girl, and I liked it...

(Soundbite of song, "I Kissed a Girl")

Ms. PERRY: (Singing) I kissed a girl...

BLOCK: We heard from Sara Catherman(ph), Skyler Bryant(ph), Sara Wilder(ph), Danielle Sender(ph), Marcellus Campos Reese(ph), Asada Harris(ph), and Shewanel Tutashula(ph). That story came to us from Youth Radio.

(Soundbite of song, "I Kissed a Girl")

Ms. PERRY: (Singing) I kissed a girl, and I liked it...

BLOCK: This is NPR, National Public Radio.

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