Kesha explained how her new expletive-filled song ‘Woman’ is all about female empowerment

Kesha released her newest song “Woman” on Thursday, the expletive-filled second single off of her new album “Rainbow,” slated to release August 11.

Kesha had not released any new music for the past four years prior to the release of her single “Praying” on July 6, due to an ongoing court battle with Sony and her former producer, Dr. Luke. Kesha had been trying to get out of her contract with Sony and Dr. Luke, whom she alleges drugged her, in addition to sexually and verbally assaulting her, during her time recording with him at Sony. Sony removed Dr. Luke from the company back in April, and since then Kesha has picked right back up where she left off.

In a personal essay penned by Kesha for Rolling Stone, which also published Thursday morning to coincide with the release of her latest single “Woman,” Kesha explains what drove her to write her new female (em)power anthem, “Woman.”

Kesha writes:

“I have always been a feminist, but for much of my life I felt like a little girl trying to figure things out. In the past few years, I have felt like a woman more than ever. I just feel the strength and awesomeness and power of being female. We hold the key to humanity. We decide if we populate the Earth, and if so, with whom. We could just decide not to have any more kids and the human race would be over. That is power. I just really f—king love being a woman and I wanted an anthem for anyone else who wants to yell about being self-sufficient and strong. (Yes, men, this song can be for you too.)”

“Woman” the second song to be released from “Rainbow” is a funk-filled pop song with a Western tinge. Kesha’s pride in being a self-sufficient woman shines through, and it’s a perfect song to amp anyone up, no matter what gender they identify with.

You can watch the music video for Kesha’s new single “Woman” here: