baby: d... d... d...
father: ...dad? omg you are going to say dad as your first word!!!
baby: d... dONT WANNA BE AN AMERICAN IDIOT
baby: *guitar sounds from baby's mouth*
Article: Mary Morrison
This article was originally written as a producer piece for Things Not Seen.
This summer, a wave of up-beat, supposedly empowering pop songs came out. A similar outpouring of self-esteem boosting anthems happened in 2011, with Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” Katy Perry’s “Fireworks,” and Pink’s “Perfect.” The music industry has apparently discovered that inspiring confidence is profitable, but like anything that is created to be sold, the message of these songs is often corrupted.
When I first saw the music video for Meghan Trainor’s debut single “All About that Bass,” I really wanted to like it. It’s a catchy song, reminiscent of doo-wop. The music video is cute and retro, all pastel colors and synchronized dance moves. But the song is still really problematic. There’s a line in the chorus, “’Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” that encompasses what a truly empowering song should say: complete self-acceptance.
I wish this was the ultimate message of the song.
However, Trainor’s explanation for self-love isn’t entirely altruistic. She sings, “Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size / She says boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”
By placating a woman’s appearance with a man’s affection, she is reinforcing the patriarchal idea that women’s bodies exist only for men’s enjoyment. Trainor isn’t espousing body acceptance because it’s a healthy mindset, but rather, her thesis seems to become “If you’re a little chubby—that’s alright, boys will still like you.”
*heavy women complain about skinny women in media and thin women agree it’s unhealthy and not accurate for most
*songs come out calling thin women “skinny bitches” and says men only like heavy women and they tell the thin women to shut up and not be offended because they deserve this*
Ya’ll a bunch of hypocritical backwards motherfuckers and should really sit down and think about your actions.