"I Kissed a Girl" (CD single)

Some same-sex lip locking.

What parents need to know

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."

Not applicable

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous December 19, 2012
age 18+

NC-17 for Katy Perry

Wow this is about Same sex. Sex 23/25, Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking 25/25 = Total 48/50 NC-17 for her too.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bymartin12329 November 9, 2008
age 11+

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 sex kissing is considered inappropriate. Overall I would say this song is good for eleven and up because they do mention drinking.
Adult Written bycommonsensegal September 25, 2013
age 11+

Disappointing and good

I love/hate this song. Liking the same sex isn't wrong.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old March 12, 2011
age 4+

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't homosexual and only kissed the girl to impress her boyfriend. It's kind of a dirty song with sexy issues in it (in my family, "sexy" is used to mean anything having to do with sex). There are drugs, and she kissed a member of her gender. It's almost like she promotes this. C'mon, Katy, give us a nice, clean song with no sexy topics in it. Whatcha' waiting for?
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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