Why Meghan Trainor's Music is Garbage

May 18, 2015


It's a sad moment when something that could be so right goes horribly, horribly wrong. I know we've beaten the issues of All About That Bass to death, but Meghan Trainor is still not done. Not only is she "bringing booty back," she's reinforcing the ideas of internalized sexism.

Just to make sure we're all on the same page, All About That Bass, Trainor's first smash hit, seemed like a body positive anthem... at first. With lines like "every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top" it was hard not to love that catchy tune... until we decided to dig a little deeper.

When Trainor croons that she "got that boom boom that all the boys chase" she's solidifying the idea that we should want men to chase us, and that the number of men you attract is directly related to your self-worth.

Then Trainor goes on to tell us that "boys like a little more booty to hold at night" and we're left thinking that men should only want us if we have a certain type of derrière. There are loads of things wrong with that statement, obviously.

When she goes on to slam others with a different body type than hers "go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that" she's sending an even more hurtful message. Even though she's "just playin'" this is hardly the body positive anthem we hoped in our hearts that it would be. 

In Dear Future Husband, we meet another cutesy song-gone-wrong. Once again Trainor bases a woman's self worth on what a man does for her. She riddles on her honey-do-list to her "future husband," but hardly mentions what she'll do for him in return... oh, except for sex.


It could even be argued that she sends a little jab out to the stay-at-home wives and mothers out there, with the line "So don't be thinking I'll be home and baking apple pies" because if a woman doesn't have a traditional career, obviously her place is in the kitchen...


OH and she's perpetuating the stereotype that women are hysterical and irrational with the line "you gotta know how to treat me like a lady, even when I'm acting crazy, tell me everything's alright." Yeah Meghan, that's just what I want when I'm angry, (or expressing any type of emotion) for a man (or anyone) to ignore me, pass me off as "crazy" and treat me "like a lady," whatever the hell that means.


Trainor responds to the backlash with something along the lines of "People are always put off by something that's fresh and new..." (so body shaming and sexism is new?!) and ends by telling us that if we just listen to her music more, we'll start to like it. HA! 

Sigh. When will this girl ever learn? Maybe she should take a gander at those truly positive songs by P!nk, Xtina, or even more recently, Colbie Calliat?


What do you think of Meghan Trainor's music?

7 comments

  1. I'm not a fan - while All About That Bass was catchy the first time I heard it on the radio, the "go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that" line made me uncomfortable - it feeds right into that hateful attitude of pitting one "type" of woman against another (we're not bloody chocolate bars). I hate the idea perpetuated in magazines and music videos that our body shapes are something which can be changed as fashion and men's tastes change - forget being happy and healthy, I'm going to fake curves with plastic surgery because "real men love curves", am I right?!

    Sorry. Rant over.

    But women like Megan really bug me - stop trying to act like you're spreading a body positive, feminist message when you're selling the same muck as the people and companies which feed on women's insecurities to make a quick buck.

    And more than anything, these reheated, heard-it-a-million times before, messages in her music are so unoriginal! Try harder, Megan.

    x

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    1. You are so right! I hate that it's all about pleasing other people rather than ourselves. That's not the kind of thing I want to hear, or want the future generation of girls to feel! It's all a load of crap! Awesome rant <3

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  2. YES to everything about this. I have disliked Meghan from the beginning and this whole "body positivity" thing. People are using it as a reason to say "real women have curves." So if I'm skinny that doesn't make me a real woman?

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  3. Totally agree. Terrible.. not my kind of thing at all!
    x GNAR MOSH x

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  4. I disliked all of her songs the first time I heard them, and then when I actually paid attention to the lyrics I disliked them even more. Totally agree with this post!

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  5. I have honestly always felt disgusted by Trainor's lyrics. Yes the tunes may be catchy, however the actual words can be damaging to not only a female's self-esteem but also the progress being made feminism wise. When people sing along to her songs I just despair at what she has done. I totally agree with you on everything, well said!

    Jemima x

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  6. AnonymousMay 28, 2016

    Even her features on other people's songs are garbage (Marvin Gaye was the most unsexy sex song since Afternoon Delight). She should just be eliminated from popular culture. We don't need her.

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