We live in a world where:
- Chris Brown got away with the most minimal sentence after horrifically beating Rihanna.
- Roman Polanski raped a 13 year old girl but still won an oscar to a standing ovation.
- R Kelly raped several under-age girls but was acquitted on all charges.
- Woody Allen had an affair with his wife’s 17 year old daughter only to end up getting away with it and beginning a relationship with her shortly after.
- John Lennon is one of the most worshipped artists to have ever drawn breath but has admitted to battering the shit out of women.
And in that world it’s no surprise that Kesha’s freedom was denied. That her psychological and sexual safety were reduced to nothing. That she’s been forced to produce six more albums with her abuser. That she’s been forced to remain the creative property of the man who drugged and raped her. Because in this world our courts and culture still have a hard enough time believing women’s accusations of sexual assault even in the most clear-cut of circumstances. And when a woman as powerful and high status as Kesha can’t win, the rest of us stand even less of a chance.