Straight Girls Kissing

Young women kissing—especially on college campuses—grabs male and media attention alike, but these kisses don’t mean that the women involved are lesbians. Interviews with college age women reveal the complexity and fluidity of female sexuality.

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September 19, 2010

Dear Professors Rupp and Taylor;

We are writing to alert you to an unfortunate error that is immediately apparent in the very title and overview of your work.

While you are indeed correct that when to women kiss each other it does not automatically follow that they are lesbians, you seen to have inadvertently overlooked an obvious answer. This would be that they are not actually Straight (Kinsey 0), not actually lesbians (Kinsey 6) but instead fall in that broad middle range (Kinsey 1 thru 5) that currently is variously called bisexual, fluid, pansexual, queer-identified, et al.

We do realize this embarrassing oversight may come as a shock to you and are sure that if you had indeed realized that bisexual people actually existed it would have undoubtedly been of immense use to you in your research. In hopes that we can assist you in your future endeavors may we bring to your attention a few places to begin making yourselves more familiar with bisexual folk:

1.) American Institute Of Bisexuality (AIB)

2.) BiNet USA

3.) Bisexual Resource Center

4.) The Bisexual Index: What is Bisexuality?

5.) Academic Bi



October 1, 2010

Dear Bialogue,

We're sorry if the title is misleading, but as the article itself makes clear, we are quite aware that women identify as bisexual, bicurious, pansexual, fluid, and in a variety of other ways. That is precisely the point of the article: that there is more going on than "straight girls kissing" and in fact the hookup culture makes a space for women to explore bisexuality.

Leila Rupp and Verta Taylor

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