I was a late bloomer. Maybe it’s because I hadn’t fully grown into my confidence yet, or maybe I was just mildly terrified of the idea of making out on the back of a bus with a boy who had braces. An even bigger possibility, is that I hadn’t quite reached my feminist empowerment peak yet. How do youbecome a good kisser, let alone kiss like a feminist? At 13, I was still waffling with the idea of what it meant to be proud of who I was, what feminism meant, and whether or not it was considered cool to tell a guy I had a crush on him.
Once I got over the hump (there is a joke in here, somewhere), it got a little bit easier. After I had my first real kiss, I couldn’t get enough of it. I realized kissing was two parts mouths, plus one part confidence. Add in a dash of young debauchery, a pinch of exploration, two tablespoons of sex-positive feminist glory. Yes, there is a way to kiss like a feminist, whether you’re a female or male. And here are six ways to ensure every smooch is loaded with equality and girl power.