Katy Perry has some regrets over her breakthrough single.
The nearly 10-year-old “I Kissed a Girl” has since been criticized for its exploitative and heteronormative portrayal of female sexuality, with lyrics describing how kissing girls isn’t what “good girls do” and Perry hoping her boyfriend doesn’t mind.
Even punk pioneer Kathleen Hanna told CNN in 2011, “‘I Kissed a Girl’ was just straight-up offensive. The whole thing is like, I kissed a girl so my boyfriend could masturbate about it later. It’s disgusting. It’s exactly every male fantasy of fake lesbian porn. It’s pathetic.”
Speaking with Glamour, Perry said she would do it differently if the song were released today. “We’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years,” she told the magazine. “We’ve come a long way.”
“Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity,” she continued. “If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.”
The pop star now considers herself sexually fluid, and gave a speech about LGBTQ+ equality at the Human Rights Campaign gala in March of last year.
Perry is currently on tour in support of her 2017 record, “Witness.”