There’s a moment in Tuesday’s “Gilmore Girls” (8 p.m. EDT, the WB) that the always excitable New York Post last week got really worked up about.

“It’s not television’s first lesbian kiss, but it ranks with the most shocking,” wrote the Post’s Tanya Richardson of a scene in which the usually uptight Paris (Liza Weil) planted a big one on college roommate Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel).

Now before anyone else gets too excited, I’d just like to point out that a lesbian kiss requires actual lesbians. You know, women who kiss each other because they’re longing to, not just to get attention, whether it’s Madonna and Britney at an awards show or Rory and Paris gone wild in a bar during spring break.

Not that the episode isn’t shocking in its own way. I mean, you’d expect something like this from Paris Hilton, but Paris Geller?

And what’s Rory doing in Florida during spring break, anyway?

For those of you who’ve managed to keep up with the “Gilmore Girls” in the face of the “American Idol” juggernaut, Paris’ spring-break behavior might not be any more surprising than her recent decision to embark on an affair with a sixtysomething Yale professor, but the whole episode – indeed much of this season – feels as forced as the kiss.

I’m tired of wringing my hands over what’s become of “Gilmore Girls” since Rory left for college, leaving her mother, Loralei (Lauren Graham), not quite far enough behind.

I’m even more tired, though, of all this girl-on-girl kissing between girls who don’t even like each other that much.

Or at least not in that way.

Remember Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie titillating the local yokels in “The Simple Life” by promising to kiss each other? (It shows how uninteresting this has become that I can’t even remember if they actually did it or not.)

It’s now well-established that some men are turned on by the sight of two women kissing, and for that we can thank the ever-more-mainstream porn industry, which has been cashing in on lesbians for years.

But the fact remains that broadcast television remains resistant to showing any kind of intimacy between gay and lesbian characters, preferring to reserve most of the girl-on-girl action for the girls who like boys.

That’s not just unfair, it’s kind of sick.

Because if it’s pornographic for two (or more) people to have sex for the purpose of arousing others, how is it different when two straight women lock lips just to get a little attention?

And if that’s what Rory and Paris (and the WB) are up to these days, well, maybe that’s more shocking than I originally thought.


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