#FREEKESHA: Why She Is Representative Of Every Woman’s Rights


Why She Is Representative of Every Woman’s Rights

Kesha Rose Sebert experienced the shock of a lifetime on Friday, February 19, 2016 when New York Supreme Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled in favor of her producer Dr. Luke, a.k.a. Lukasz Gottwald. The judge denied Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction that would have allowed her to record songs outside of her six-album contract with Sony and Dr. Luke. Such denial forced the singer to continue collaboration with a man who she claims subjected her to sexual and mental abuse for a decade. While some, including Judge Kornreich, view Kesha’s story as one that involves a possible breach in agreement, the majority knows that the case has everything to do with women’s rights, or lack thereof, in America.

Kesha’s case

Kesha came to the forefront with allegations of rape in 2014. The ‘Tik Tok’ singer filed a lawsuit that claimed Dr. Luke drugged and sexully assaulted her on various occasions over a 10-year span. Kesha also told the courts that her producer verbally abused her, which caused her to develop an eating disorder. Even the singer’s mother, Pebe Sebert, told media that her daughter suffered from bulimia as a result of the badgering inflicted on her by Dr. Luke. Despite this testimony, and evidence of Kesha receiving treatment for bulimia, the judge ruled in Dr. Luke and Sony’s favor. Unfortunately, such verdict is typical of the United States justice system.

Women and Rape in History

Throughout the years, women in America have been ignored and disregarded by the law. It was not until the 20th century that the term “date rape” was placed on the books and married women were given the legal right to refuse to have sex with their spouses. Up until that point, rape was only classified as such if the woman was white and the perpetrator was black, and even then, the act was difficult to prove. A group of feminists had to fight with the courts, and public opinion, before the consensus that women had control of their own bodies was reached. Still, even with such truth being on the books, women suffer.

A Blast from the Past

Kesha’s story is a reminder that women have rights until they are stripped away by the powers of society. Sony is a large corporation that stands to lose a substantial amount of money if it recognizes Kesha’s allegations as true and allows her to record independently. The singer’s debut album, Animal, went platinum in 2010.

Her proven to connect with fans has the capacity to earn several million dollars. Such possibility of immense success is too great for Sony to pass up despite Kesha’s accusation of rape.

Back to Business

The justice system agrees, as Judge Kornreich was more focused on the terms of the contract being upheld than on Kesha’s physical and mental health. Friday’s ruling was essentially the umpteenth time that a woman was told that her body didn’t matter. Kesha, like so many other women in history, was reminded that men are the dominant sex that women either fall in line behind or sojourn and get handled by the strong arm of the law. Even in this bleak time, there is hope.


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Thousands of fans have rallied behind Kesha and vowed to boycott Sony until she is released from her contract. Celebrities such as Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift have also pledged support. Demi gave words of encouragement by way of Twitter, and Swift contributed $250,000 to Kesha’s financial efforts “during this trying time.”

Iman Oubou

Aside from being the founder and Editor-In-Chief of SWAAY Media, Iman is also Miss New York US, a philanthropist, a champion of Women Entrepreneurs, a Scientist and a Fashionista. She is the host of the popular podcast Entrepreneurs En Vogue, powered by SWAAY.

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