The fourth instalment in the series Catriona Reilly and Ciara Maguire’s Five Things series, we discuss music videos that exploit lesbianism.
Whilst lesbians are becoming more accepted in the media, they aren’t fully there yet, and it’s still shocking and gossip-column worthy when lesbians or lesbian imagery finds its way into the mainstream. One media outlet that has picked up on the attention grabbing potential of the lesbian is the music video. Whilst actual lesbian artists (aside from a few obvious examples – KD LANG AND TEGAN AND SARA REPRESENT) are still fairly invisible to mainstream hetero audiences, there are hordes of non-lesbian / bisexual identifying artists getting down and dirty with other girls in their videos. It’s a surefire way to spark controversy and benefit from the scandalous associations of lesbianism without actually having to be one of those pesky muff divers (sorry, I know).
1.Katy Perry- I Kissed A Girl