Britney Spears, feminist?

The pop star's new single attacks a "Womanizer."

Published September 29, 2008 2:30PM (EDT)

Britney, Britney, Britney. If it isn't custody battles and nervous breakdowns it's rehab and promises of a comeback. Though the first single from the embattled singer's forthcoming album, "Circus," was rumored to have been delayed until Nov. 24 because of dissatisfaction on the part of Spears' label, Jive Records, "Womanizer" debuted on the radio Friday.

Well, I rarely listen to the radio, so thank heavens for obsessive fans. A page called Britney Spears Leak has posted a copy of "Womanizer." And you know what? It's kind of, well ... feminist. The track takes a double-timing dog to task, quipping, "Lollipop/ Must mistake me for a sucker/ To think that I/ Would be a victim of another." Hear that, Kevin?

As for the song itself, I have to agree with Jive -- it sounds pretty half-baked. The cartoonish synthesizer and drum machine belong to the realm of egregious '80s-revival cliché, and the repetitive chorus of "Womanizer, womanizer, womanizer" is just deadly. But for me, it still beats "Hit me baby, one more time."

By Judy Berman

Judy Berman is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. She is a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.

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