Stop the presses! Female singers are judged by their looks! Well, duh. The target demographic is 18 to 34 year old males. It's a wonder that female singers wear clothing any more.
And the article manages to toss out two trite tales that I am long since weary of: the "outsider" Avril Lavigne and poor, pitiful P!nk, who just doesn't fit in.
Avril Lavigne is as packaged as any other singer today, including Britney Spears. Nothing more complicated than that. She can sing all the Sk8er Boy anthems she wants, she's still either a total fraud or a total sell-out. Without her rhyming dictionary she's no better a singer than Rosie O'Donnell.
As for P!nk, can we please give it a rest that she feels so bad about herself and she's not a beauty like all the other singers? The act is getting tiresome, and it hardy fits with how she presents herself; basically a half-dressed hooker. I'm not a psychologist, though, so maybe I'm missing something here.