By Jennifer Armstrong
Updated March 06, 2009 at 05:30 PM EST

Put it this way: One of the best cuts on Kelly Clarkson’s forthcoming All I Ever Wanted — due out Tuesday — is perhaps one of the few things in the world that’s in no danger of being co-opted by the Pussycat Dolls. The song’s title says it all: “I Do Not Hook Up”…

The absurdly catchy pop-rock tune — very much in the tradition of the much-beloved first single, “My Life Would Suck Without You” — extolls the virtues of going slow and holding hands. (Yeah, I know, baffling — I had to Google those archaic terms to understand them, too.) Now, I’m all for bold assertions of female sexuality — I’ve purchased more than one Pussycat track in my day — but I have to applaud such a giddy proclamation of restraint (not necessarily chastity), especially on an album that’s bound to have a young female audience. Put Clarkson on the short list of artists, along with Pink and Beyonce, who get that their music can send messages — without being disingenuously preachy or prudish about it.

And to give credit where it’s due, the song was written by Katy Perry and American Idol‘s own Kara DioGuardi. Incidentally, Perry even recorded it (though it didn’t appear on her album), with a few minor — but decidedly cruder — lyrical differences…

What do you think of “I Do Not Hook Up”? Do you prefer Clarkson’s or Perry’s version?