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?