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Kurt Cobain conceived “Rape Me” as a life-affirming anti-rape song. He told Spin, “It’s like she’s saying, ‘Rape me, go ahead, rape me, beat me. You’ll never kill me. I’ll survive this and I’m gonna fucking rape you one of these days and you won’t even know it.’”

This is a free download. I’d never heard this sung by a female before so I covered it myself.

Feminism went down with TIMBER!

Isn’t Kesha so hot in this photo?  It’s taken from the video of her last hit song, Timber, which she performed with Pitbull.

I enjoy Kesha.  I like her music.  I think she and the people she works with are great at what they do.  I don’t consider the pop music I like some sort of guilty pleasure because I don’t think people should feel guilty for liking pop music.

That said, I hate the song Timber.  It’s not that Timber’s hook isn’t catchy or the production isn’t clever - that lumberjack/country harmonica lick goes perfectly with the title - it’s that Timber is misogynist garbage.  Here’s a sample of the lyrics: 

"I have ‘em like Miley Cyrus, clothes off
Twerking in their bras and thongs, timber
Face down, booty up, timber
That’s the way we like to–what?–timber
I’m slicker than an oil spill
She say she won’t, but I bet she will, timber

Swing your partner round and round
End of the night, it’s going down
One more shot, another round
End of the night, it’s going down
Swing your partner round and round
End of the night, it’s going down
One more shot, another round
End of the night, it’s going down”

So, in case you didn’t know, getting a girl blackout drunk and then having sex with her is date rape.  Sadly, I know too many people who are oblivious to this fact.  Even more sad, Timber was a number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  Yes, a song glorifying date rape was America’s number 1 jam just a couple of months ago, so I guess all of us must know quite a few people oblivious to the whole definition of date rape.  Are they not teaching this in schools?

I don’t hate the song just for its subject matter, either.  There is another dimension to my hatred and it has to do with the music video.

It makes me sick to watch Pitbull deliver the message of the song with that smug look on his face in his oh-so-dapper suit and tie while an emaciated Kesha twirls around as if it’s so awesome to be eye candy for America in this clever as hell music video.  Soon after the video’s release, Kesha went to rehab for anorexia and bulimia.  There are a bunch of other dancing girls in that video that I can only imagine have similar eating disorders.

It pisses me off that pop stars are pressured to look a certain way and someone as talented and clever as Kesha has to not only worry about writing hit songs, but also figure out how to look perfect for the camera by today’s anorexic/plastic surgery standards while sharing the stage with a misogynist prick who is ugly as hell and still gets a number one hit with no one but me trashing his looks.  The song Timber and its video are a great example of the double standard presented to us in the music industry between the genders.

How backwards is it that women place so much power on their looks, and that their vision of power requires them to physically be smaller?

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