Gay sailors' 'first kiss' more titillation than news
It must have been a slow news day in the world because the coverage given the welcome home "first kiss" by lesbian sailors made it on more than 500 newspapers and websites around the world.
Did anyone ask what the big deal was? Guess not. Which leads one to conclude that the coverage was based on the titillation a same sex kiss by females engenders rather than any legitimate news angle.
Remember the coverage given the full on kiss by Madonna and Britney Spears at the VMA Awards show in 2007? A Google search finds more than 28,000 hits for that TV moment. The hypersexualization of our teens now includes images and messages saying that its OK for young females to engage in this kind of activity. "I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It" - a big hit for Katy Perry -and songs like it send clear message that not only is it "normal" behavior for teens, but that boys get sexually aroused watching it.
Why was this dockside lesbian kiss such a huge story? I can't recall the traditional Navy "first kiss" between heterosexuals getting this kind of media overkill. Maybe because a lesbian first kiss had never been covered by the news media before? Does that in and of itself make it news? Not hardly.The Washington Post really lost perspective and gushed that the lesbian kiss rivaled the iconic "VJ-Day" kiss in Times Square, a photo that has been seared into the American consciousness and has represented inexpressible joy and heartfelt emotion for more than 60 years.
And this one little dockside peck by lesbians is on the same historic and emotional plane as that? Spare me the hyperbole.
It's a wonderful excuse to use the fact that the repeal of DADT made it a legitimate news story but I'm not buying it - not when the media never misses an opportunity to play voyeur and sell their wares using sex as a hook.
I supported the repeal of DADT. I thought it was stupid in this day and age to prevent people from being together based solely on their sexual orientation (fraternization between enlisted personnel and officers is a different story). But the coverage of this story is over the top, unnecessary, and further proof of the media's continued exploitation of sex to garner ratings and readers.