I'm a New York-based writer, editor and multimedia journalist. I write features on women, culture, teens & trends for the NYT, The Atlantic, TIME, Cosmo, The Daily Beast & others. I also edit special projects for Sheryl Sandberg's women's foundation, Lean In.
"There are three main drivers of the girl-girl trend — four actually, once you get past the copycat trendiness that is inevitable when stars on awards shows do something sensational on camera. Perhaps the biggest — for better or worse — of the other three reasons is a desire for attention, typically from boys. This is why parties are so often involved in same-sex kissing — and why the disinhibiting effects of alcohol frequently contribute. “It’s usually brought on by, I don’t know, like shots or drinking or people kind of saying something to like cheer it on or whatever,” said one female student."