"I Kissed a Girl" (CD single)

Music review by
Emma Dinkelspiel, Common Sense Media
"I Kissed a Girl" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Some same-sex lip locking.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 57 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Talks about a girl's sexual experimentation with another girl -- but she already has a boyfriend. "I kissed a girl just to try it/I hope my boyfriend don't mind it" and "No, I don't even know your name/It doesn't matter/You're my experimental game."

Violence
Sex

Some same-sex kissing, which may or may not have been a way to cheat on a boyfriend, but that's about it. The video features women in fishnets with Perry stroking herself very suggestively.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Perry definitely wasn't sober for the events of the song to take place. "I got so brave/drink in hand/lost my discretion" is the second line.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Katy Perry's hit single about wanting to kiss a girl is flirty and really doesn't get graphic. She does present bisexuality as something temporary -- her experimenting with a girl might just be for the benefit of her boyfriend. Perry admits that she had a drink in order to build up the courage to go ahead with the kiss. The video features women in fishnets with Perry stroking herself very suggestively.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCelestine E. September 25, 2013

Disappointing and good

I love/hate this song. Liking the same sex isn't wrong.
Adult Written bymartin12329 November 9, 2008

Stop being Homophobic

the song is not inappropriate. It basically says that it is okay to kiss a person of your same gender without being gay or bi. I don't understand why same... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 12, 2011

This is a dirty song, believe it or not

This isn't a very good somg for kids to listen to. Well, you're probably saying "C'mon, N.M., this song isn't bad because she isn'... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old June 20, 2011

Not the kind of song I would let my kids lsten to if I was an adult.

This song does have some messages that could send thoughts into kids mind like,"I kissed a girl just to try it I hope my boyfriend don't mind it"... Continue reading

What's the story?

Katy Perry's catchy, swinging techno-pop tune is danceable, fun, and -- oh yeah -- about a girl kissing a girl. This follow-up to another one of Perry's homosexual-centric songs, \"UR So Gay,\" is on top of the iTunes download lists.

Is it any good?

I KISSED A GIRL has a sound that's undoubtedly enjoyable, and Perry's low voice suits the club beat perfectly, making it more rockin' than the usual run of radio pop hits. It's also great to hear a song so sensual without being sexual. The lyrics, however, may present a problem to gay or gay-friendly parents; it's up to the listener whether hearing about a same-sex kiss as "no big deal" is also worth hearing about it as "not what good girls do." The video underscores both messages, setting Perry in a Moulin Rouge-like club surrounded by women in fishnets, but there's no same-sex romantic contact -- at the end Perry wakes up next to a man.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own attitudes towards homosexuality and bisexuality. What might it feel like for a straight girl to have feelings for another girl? Does this song present stereotypes or debunk them? Why do you think this song is popular? Could this song have been played on the radio five years ago?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: July 10, 2008
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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