Kissing As Protest

Kissing is one of my favorite things ever. A good make out session can make me feel like a giggly teenager, with butterflies in my stomach and a smile on my face for the rest of the day. Kissing can have lots of positive effects, but I hadn’t ever thought of using kissing as a form of protest. Sure, I’ve heard of sit-ins, but a kiss-in?

My friend Kelli sent me a link to an article about people participating in same sex kiss-ins to protest Chick-Fil-A. Chick-Fil-A has been in the news quite a bit lately, primarily for their president’s anti-same-sex marriage comments and funding of groups with similar agendas. In the past, I was aware that many people were avoiding eating at Chick-Fil-A due to their supporting of homophobic groups.

As the article mentions, a few weeks ago there was a Chick-Fil-A “appreciation day” where people aimed to eat there that day (my Facebook feed was full of photos of Sarah Palin mugging happily with a bag of food).

Avoiding the food wasn’t making enough of an impact. People wanted to get their message heard, and chose kissing as their avenue. I figure, why not? Kissing is fun, feels good, and they are able to hopefully get their message across loud and clear.

It seemed like just as quickly as I heard about appreciation day, I heard about many friends organizing kiss-ins of their own. I had four separate friends in different cities set up Facebook events to host kiss-ins in front of their local Chick-Fil-A. The plan has been for same sex individuals to kiss in front of any Chick-Fil-A that they can find.

My friend Jill posted an event on Facebook to host a kiss-in and invited females to join her there to kiss. While a few females did show up, she got plenty of messages from males looking to make out with her.

I like the idea of sit-ins and kiss-ins. I prefer non-violent means of protest, and I do think that in many cases sit-ins can be productive and lead to compromise. With that said, I don’t think kiss-ins will work for everything and they may not change the world (but you never know!) Everyone can use a bit more kissing in their lives, so why not give it a shot?

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.