I don’t know who’s telling the truth in the legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke, but there’s one thing for sure that this case has proved – women are not as hateful towards each other as pop culture may lead you to think.
It’s strange to admit, but I’m surprised and impressed with the amount of positivity Kesha’s received in lieu of her controversial allegations.
Regardless of whether or not Kesha was sexually assaulted, it takes a lot of courage to speak up about something that you know everyone is going to have an opinion about. This case comes during a time when women in entertainment are forcing the public to rethink the way we view women’s sexuality. From Anne Hathaway criticizing reporters for asking her menial questions about her body to Amber Rose’s vehement support of Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie, women are collectively standing up for each other and they’re showing no signs of stopping. (Minus a select few…)Women are constantly faced with inequality in our daily lives, but those in the spotlight have it particularly hard. They are under intense scrutiny and are harshly criticized, for the public to witness. The criticisms hurt that much worse when it comes from another woman.
So why are we so riled up about this case? Why do we care?
The visible level of support that Kesha has received from other female entertainers is so important and powerful.
It encourages us to think about our relationship to the women around us and to value them as people.
The media likes to portray women as inherently hostile towards each other. Why are we always in competition? Why do our roles always involve characters who find themselves in outrageous situations in an attempt to sabotage each other? Do we all just hate each other? Unfortunately (intentional, or not) reality television only reinforces this idea, but the takeaway here is that in no instance are men under the same circumstances.Artists including Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and Kelly Clarkson are among the slew of women who have voiced their support for Kesha. Ariane Grande recently addressed the music industry’s double standards on a Carson Daly radio interview saying, “I don’t think a male artist would be in this position right now.”