Okay, guys. I’m kind of nervous about the hate that’s going to come my way because of this post but I have been thinking about this regularly for over a week now, so here goes.
I don’t think “All About that Bass” is promoting a good message for women.
Now, before you get upset, let me clarify. Also, go ahead and watch the video so we’re all up to speed.
Yes, she’s encouraging women to embrace their curves, and that’s awesome. She talks about shakin’ bootys and that’s awesome. She talks about being perfect and that’s awesome. But at what cost?
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that
No I’m just playing, I know you think you’re fat
But I’m here to tell ya
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top
What? I mean, honestly. Yes, she follows up the derogatory language by telling them they’re perfect but this is incredibly problematic. Not only does she call a group of women “skinny bitches,” she then trivializes their struggles by saying “I know you think you’re fat.” I’m just having a really hard time understanding why this even needed to be in this song. It serves no purpose other than to skinny shame and boost the ego of women who don’t classify themselves as “skinny bitches.”
As women, why can’t we just embrace all body types? It seems like we are always either fat shaming or skinny shaming and enough is enough.
Unfortunately, there’s more.
Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold tonight.”
Okay, ladies. Here’s the thing….YOUR VALUE, SEXINESS AND BEAUTY SHOULD NOT BE DETERMINED BY A MAN. It’s really disturbing to me that we are still teaching each other this and perpetuating it in pop culture. Also, mama, what if your child is super skinny? I know it sounds silly, but these messages are harmful to young girls and we have to put a stop to them. No matter if you’re big or small, your worth is not determined by the size of your body and it’s DEFINITELY not determined by how much booty your man has to hold at night.
Now before we get any further, I want to talk about the classic Destiny’s Child anthem for booties, “Bootylicious.” As a white girl with a booty, this song is, and has always been, my jam. As I was writing this blog post, I thought to myself….crap, does my beloved “Bootylicious” commit the same crime as “All About That Bass”?! The short answer is no. “Bootylicious promotes a positive body image for women who have booties, but the key is it doesn’t tear down women who don’t. There’s no derogatory language about women with smaller booties (I can’t believe I just typed that sentence…haha.) It’s about embracing your own personal sexiness and appreciating the figure you have, not mocking women who have a different body type. Leave it to Queen B and those other two (jk Kelly and Michelle, I love y’all too!) to give us a timeless body positive anthem.
You know you want to watch the video now, so go on, girl. I’ll wait.
You’re beautiful if you’re a size 0 and you’re beautiful if you’re a size 20. “Skinny bitches” (Meghan Trainor’s words, not mine), you’re beautiful. “Stick figure silicon Barbie doll,” (also Meghan Trainor’s words), you’re beautiful, too. Meghan Trainor, you’re beautiful and women with “all the right junk in all the right places,” you’re beautiful, too. Bootylicious women, you’re beautiful. I think you get the point.
So go ahead, sound off in the comments….I’m sure you have something to say about this 🙂