The name of the single might be "Somethin' Bad," but I'm gonna have to argue that Miranda Lambert's newest soon-to-be smash featuring Carrie Underwood is truly "somethin' good."
And I mean something good beyond the song's rockin' arrangement, or sassy lyrics, or downright sexy new video.
This song is a triumphant moment for ladies -- a celebration of female kinship, of sisterhood -- but it's more than simply a picture of girl power. I believe it's full-on girl empowerment.
Although those two phrases -- "girl power" and "girl empowerment" -- seem to be one and the same, I can't help but notice that sometimes their usage doesn't produce the same result. The sad truth is that not all messages and moments of supposed "girl power" truly do anything to lift up women.
You see, any of us ladies can adopt an "I am woman, hear me roar" attitude and shout "girl power!" from the rafters. That's easy. We can even do that standing alone, without aid from any of our fellow femmes, really.
But is that really an example of any of us letting go of ego, pride or insecurity and helping each other out? Is it truly an illustration of us "sticking together" and actually practicing what we're preaching? We can "talk the talk," sure, but "walking the walk" and doing something about it requires action -- an action word -- like the word empower.
As in the actual act of empowerment: the giving, the sharing of power, the encouraging of other women, the joining of forces with other females. That is truly making a difference, and in my eyes, exactly what Lambert is doing here.
She's sharing her power with another international powerhouse -- the incomparable Underwood, who needs no help whatsoever snagging and maintaining a spotlight and let's face it, could arguably been seen as competition for Lambert.
But that's clearly not how these women think about it. This isn't a competition for the two stars. Instead, Lambert and Underwood are in the trenches with this one, working to lift up the ladies together. For them, girl power isn't just a state of mind or a talk you talk. It's a walk you walk. And they want everyone to walk this journey with them.
And that's not just somethin' good. That's somethin' great.