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"Keeps Gettin' Better" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single has some strong language (mostly "bitch") and a fairly rough attitude. The song is about extreme behavior, and Aguilera sings that sometimes she's a "super bitch," but sometimes she's super nice. The idea of being bad, playing tricks, and doing mean things to people is portrayed as a way to be sexy.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
"Keeps Gettin' Better" is brassy, bold, and never bashful -- which pretty much sums up Aguilera's image as well. With its biker rock intro, the song combines electronic vibes with Aguilera's signature soulful pop sounds; like an electronica femme fatale, she plays the sultry siren who can dominate men and still play coy. Her strong vocals make this brash image all the more believable.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why women are often celebrated for their "badness" in popular culture. Can you think of any sexy villainess? How are "bad" women viewed differently than men who behave the same way? Does a woman have to misbehave to be alluring? Why do female signers use word "bitch"? Do you think this word still belittles women if a female uses it herself?