As the parent of a 13-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter, I have an interest in the ongoing pop culture debates over art vs. raunch, nakedness vs. maturity, empowerment vs. exploitation.
But I am also an admitted fan of pop music, and in my considered opinion, the stuff Miley Cyrus is putting out is just boring.
I could spend hours discussing the impact of Rihanna, Ke$ha and Britney on impressionable children, because “We Found Love,” “Tik Tok,” and “Toxic” are kickass singles. I tried “We Can’t Stop,” but I don’t get it. I don’t even think it would be a good Rihanna record.
As a result, Miley’s antics with foam fingers, teddy bears, and cultural appropriation are not even on my kids’ radar–but they might be on yours. If that true, then I’m here to help! Below is a Radical Housewife-approved list of hip-hop/pop gems by women that I guarantee inspiring mad twerking that you can feel good about.
Your kids might be surprised to learn that this talk show host used to be cool:
Mary’s groove is as fierce as her clothes are hideous:
Everyone in my house loves M.I.A.–and the family that galangs together, stays together:
Miley DREAMS of being as hot as Neneh Cherry:
Amanda Blank is Brooklyn’s answer to Ke$ha (and that’s a good thing):
One of my closest college pals went to high school with Santigold, a totally pointless factoid I trot out to seem “hip”:
And Le Tigre, of course:
If you disagree with these selections, please refrain from writing me an open letter. I’d prefer you just leave me a comment.