Let's all put $ in our name$ like Ke$ha!

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So, can I ask what the obsession with Ke$ha is? I only ask, because I too am completely enamored with her while simultaneously holding back the urge to be violently ill. The 'party girl' aesthetic and persona is certainly nothing new. From Paris to Lindsay to every other brand of this celebrity girl whose name is synonymous with blackouts and so-called 'bad behavior” – we've seen/heard/and stomached it all. Yet is there something special about this Nashville-bred DIY artist (I, too, wear cowboy boots and rock gaudy gold when the mood strikes me)? The simple answer is ..

kesha1 Her lyrics reveal a confidence that, knowingly or not, turns the traditional male-chauvinist, sexist attitude on its head to deploy the same tactics for her own purposes: being the life of the party. Take these lyrics from Blah Blah Blah for example: “I don't really care where you live at/ Just turn around boy and let me hit that/ Don't be a little bitch with your chit chat /Just show me where your dick's at.” If these lyrics came from a male artist and replaced boy with girl and dick with some catchy euphemism for vagina, the feminist blogosphere would be over it before the show even began.




So what mitigates against Ke$ha's problematic lyrics and message? Her good looks? The fact that she's an unassuming naive party girl who means no harm in her efforts to get the party started? Her penetrating dance hits? That we want to see independent women who like to hang out in strip clubs who declare that men are as disposable as women have been made out to be? We're down with her re-negotiation of acceptable feminine acts? That as formulaic as it all is there's something so raw and genuine about her? Courtney Love thinks it's something to do with the latter. Taking to her twitter account, Love tweeted: “Sweetheart, you make me go all maternal. I want to save you from the jaws of impermanence and soul death.” Talking, of course, not about Ke$ha's current behavior and look, but pondering what will happen to this gem after the industry molds her into a more palatable act. And so the cycle continues…


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Listen, feminist diatribes

Listen, feminist diatribes aside, Ke$ha makes my hands go crazy. Like, when I hear Tik Tok, they raise themselves up as if controlled by marionette strings, and then dip down and up repeatedly. also my fingers inexplicably separate into a dead-ringer for a Vulcan greeting. WTF?

That line is from the song:

That line is from the song: Blah Blah Blah which feat. 3OH!3. Not the line itself, but the fact that 3OH!3 is apart of anything. I try to steer very clear of anything they do.

Ke$ha advocates date rape? Um, I don't really see that.

Now, I am not a huge fan of Ke$ha, she seems fairly talented, writes fun catchy songs. But I have to come to the defense here: I don't really see the theme of date-rape in her song Blah, Blah, Blah, at all. And that's a pretty huge and extremely serious accusation. Date-rape is most obviously not something to ever be made fun of or taken lightly. All I see in the lyrics is a woman who wants to have sex with a guy, and doesen't really care to talk to him first or get to know him. What's wrong with that? It's her life, it's her right to have and desire and pursue sex the way she wants too. If anyone can make a better argument than Amanda He$s about the date-rape theme in Ke$ha's song, I'm all ears.

"That we want to see

"That we want to see independent women who like to hang out in strip clubs who declare that men are as disposable as women have been made out to be?" Oh, I love the sound of that, but not enough to listen to shit music so Kesha passes right by me. Her track "TiK ToK" sounds exactly like "Tthhee Ppaarrttyy" (Justice's infinitely superior take on the empty-headed party girl jam, featuring Uffie on vocals) after it was run through some sort of homogenizing radio filter with the ability to make every song sound like power pop penned for Miley Cyrus.

I think the only thing mitigating her problematically shitty music is the fact that people want more Lady GaGa so imitators are selling well.


"If these lyrics came from a male artist and replaced boy with girl and dick with some catchy euphemism for vagina, the feminist blogosphere would be over it before the show even began."

No it wouldn't because there are tons of songs exactly like this and nobody gets up in arms over it ever. It's practically de rigueur for dude-penned music.

Someone is always being ripped off.

So far, I've heard that Ke$ha has ripped off Uffie, Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga. Equally I have heard that Lady Gaga has ripped off Kylie Minogue and Peaches. As for Uffie, I think she and Ke$ha are both very much influenced by L'Trimm.


Uffie was not the first person to rap in a deadpan little girl voice. I think that this is more a case of similar taste in music for all of these women, as well as the general rule of pop music--someone is always being ripped off.
And since so many people have addressed this part of the article:

"If these lyrics came from a male artist and replaced boy with girl and dick with some catchy euphemism for vagina, the feminist blogosphere would be over it before the show even began"
I would disagree with this analogy. Using gender reversal to put men in the submissive position has been used by many feminist musicians. Peaches and Kathleen Hanna come to mind most immediately. ("Suck my left one", "Fatherfucker", and "Shake your Dicks")

I can't see her as anything but a spoiled brat.

In case you haven't seen the video oh her steeling clothing from a clothing donation bin, here it is.


She is either clueless enough to actually think that it was a trash bin, or she is selfish enough to not care.
Either way, she comes across as a self absorbed idiot, so she's kind of dead in my eyes.

I can also only see her as a

I can also only see her as a Lady Gaga imitator and a "fuck me feminist". She is trying to be cool and be one of the boys by prostituting herself to the music industry, because quite honestly we are ready for another "girl power"/"sex and the city" type act. She is allowed to act this way because it is nonthreatening since she is still going to go down on the guy at the end of the night. I just see this as another part of the cycle. The cycle where Bikini Kill becomes Spice Girls becomes Lady Gaga becomes Ke$ha. It is another instance of the music industry appropriating psuedo feminism in a nonthreatening way to make a cool act.

Obviously, I am not a fan of her but it is not because she is open about her sexuality. I am not a fan of the lifestyle that she is glorifying since it is a simply a female version of Asher Roth. She has the same disregard for people as autonomous beings in her lyrics and only wants to party.

um, after reading this

um, after reading this review i was enthusiastic about watching the accompanying video, and i turned it off after 20 seconds. what juvenile, idiotic, ear scratching tripe. yuck.

Ke$ha is a derivative...

of Uffie who's a derivative of Peaches.

Yes, "Tik Tok" is as infectious as herpes. But.

There's nothing feminist or revolutionary about acting like an asshole; objectifying men and treating them like walking dildos is not a feminist act, and it's certainly not a re-negotiation of feminine acts, since if Uffie and Peaches are too indie and obscure for you (nevermind the Lords of Acid who were doing this in the 80's), Li'l Kim was rhyming about pussy power and objectifying men fifteen years ago, and in far more interesting and clever ways.

Ke$ha is a nice girl pretending to be a bad girl. As soon as it became apparent that she'd made a few waves, she <a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/03/22/kesha-apologizes-to-justin-bieber-brit... on her disses</a> of Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.

I'm all about femme power, but why does everyone have to change their underwear and start giving out "New Revolutionary Feminist" awards the minute a female with a potty mouth comes on the scene?

Lords of Acid! Oh my. That's

Lords of Acid! Oh my. That's a trip in the way back machine. "I Sit on Acid" was my jammy jam all through high school.

"In real life as in Grand Opera, Arias only make hopeless situations worse." - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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