Wednesday, September 19, 2018


No, you're not likely to go to a convention of like-minded mutants, dweebs and fanboys, and have the woman of your dreams be submissive. Hell, you might pay $50 or even $100 JUST to get an autograph, or be allowed to stand NEAR her.

Various Sweethearts of 60's TV...Diana Rigg, Dawn Wells, Nichelle Nichols, Sally Field...their attitude is LOOK but do not TOUCH. Be respectful. It's entirely possible if you tried to smooch Tina Louise she'd deck you with a bony fist.

BUT...take a look at this:

You can check hundreds of Facebook accounts where guys post their "I was at the Chiller Theater convention" and "I was at Comic Con" snapshots, and you won't find anything like that. At best, some feverish guy will be standing next to their favorite Super Heroine or Sitcom Starlet or whatever. No lip-locks. So far, none of these conventions advertise a "Kissing Booth" where your favorite star will get intimate for $100. Or even $200 or more.

But, if you check YouTube, you'll see this:

And yes, even though that happened a few years ago, Julie just posted a screencap on Facebook, as if it happened yesterday. How unforgettable is it, when it's brought back as something so memorable it happening at every memorabilia appearance or book signing? It's gotten her Facebook Fanboys hoping that the next time they meet her, they can plant one on her, too. After all, "I WAS PLEASED" is what she posted on Facebook.

The #metoo movement might suggest that you aren't supposed to touch a woman or you better resign from a powerful office (as Al Franken did), and if you don't respectfully request a date without coming on too strong, you better resign your Emmy-winning TV role (as Jeffrey Tambor did). Ah, but how about a liberated woman saying, "Sure, plant one on me?" That's different.

Madonna and her famous "Truth or Dare" behavior, as well as subsequent games from Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga and others, suggest that, to quote the "Casablanca" song, a kiss is still a kiss. Just a kiss. What's the big deal? Why not take the dare? Why deny fun? Why be inhibited?

This is the exact opposite to some #metoo thinking, where men are told not to get overly familiar with women, or make weird propositions to them, and that it's not exactly proper to kiss a total stranger.

Some women are cynical about how flattering it is that men want to buy them drinks, give hugs, steal kisses, or make frank offers. Most every woman gets "hit on" every day. All they have to do is sit on a park bench or walk down the street. There might not be a "country fair" anywhere in America where a woman would "sell kisses" for charity, and want to be kissed on the lips.

"Traditional" thinking is that men will make a play for any woman who isn't in a wheelchair or who hasn't had her face ripped away by a drug-crazed chimp. BUT...they do make plays for women in wheelchairs. Men have been known to take advantage of comatose and unattractive patients in hospitals. And corpses. To this, there are three words: "I WAS PLEASED."

Imagine, an entire room of people roaring and cheering for you. NOW imagine somebody declaring he'd really like a kiss. That's really flattering. So why not have fun and take the dare? Damn inhibition!

In other words, don't take things so seriously. Wash your face, take a shower, gargle, whatever, and it's like it never even happened. That's actually the advice some college girls give their friends after a bad experience getting picked up at a bar or a concert. Life's too short NOT to give somebody a good time if they ask. That's the key. Consensual. Julie could've told the guy to just sit down and worship a goddess from a distance but hey, he was nice looking and it was a dare.

"That Madonna," David Letterman once smirked, "she loves to shock us." Indeed, the reaction on Facebook was shock and awe, and "Aw, why didn't I think to plant one on Julie? She might post a photo on Facebook about it!" What's that show biz adage...keep 'em wanting more!


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