What's funny is how the two other women that more often than not get lumped together with Morissette--Amos and Fiona Apple--seem to cut from the same template. All three, according to their bios, were driven to their uniquely raw sound by personal trauma. Of course, both Amos and Apple were raped, which kind of makes Morissette's tale of entering into a sexual relationship with a much older co-star before she was ready seem...petty in comparison. And given how Amos and Apple continued to mine deep into the female psyche (Amos successfully, Apple not so much), while Morissette got all hippy on us before returning to rehash her complaints with the much less angry--although very engaging--'Hands Clean' also diminished her in people's eyes.
I don't think Morissette's body of work holds up in retrospect, but I also don't think that means we should dismiss the raw, angry power of this song. Sure, it's now more catching lightning in a bottle than the first shot across the bow of pop culture we thought it was...but on its own it still has the power to bite, and bite deep.