Meghan Trainor; What I hear in her song. And it’s not skinny shaming.

Published November 3, 2014 by Crystal

all about that bass

It seems everywhere you go someone wants to find the negative.  And the same is said for this deliciously marmite-y song that delves into your head and repeats over and over and over and over.

“I’m all about that Bass, Bout that Bass, Bout that Bass, No Treble!”

Ach, I may well dislike the song before too long, but right now I love it.

I love the celebration of the artist’s body.  I love that she is embracing her curves, and that her mum gave her some positive messages growing up.  Right or wrong, true or not, the mum let a girl grow up feeling she was enough by saying men like something to hold.  In saying that, the mum was NOT saying “Men don’t like skinny girls”  and nor was Meghan Trainor, but a positive message to a girl who wasn’t ultra slim was offered, to allow that girl to know she was fine the way she was, even more than that “Every Inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top”.

The other line I keep seeing as “skinny shaming” is “You know I won’t be no stick figure silicon barbie doll”  To me, this is saying she wants to be her natural self.  No pretending to be something else.  No trying to fit into a mould that she won’t get into.  Just her.  Being happy with being her.  She doesn’t say anything negative about this.  It’s a stereotype she has chosen to use to get her message across that she is happy being her.

And the final line.  The line that seems to be causing rage and fury in the “Skinny Shamer!” camp

I’m bringing booty back
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

Now maybe I am reading this completely wrong.  But then it’s a song, and open to interpretation of the listener.  And rather than believe the angry messages that she is hating on skinny girls, I believe this.  She makes a joke, but she is talking to the curvy girls, and to the skinny girls who think they’re fat, she is talking to everyone and saying “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top!”

How can we only focus on the perceived negatives of a song, when actually there is empowerment and support for young people growing up in a world where size prejudice is rife, and being yourself is so difficult?

At the end of the day it is just a song, and will be forgotten about before too long.  But for now I celebrate a teeny boppy voice of hope going to young impressionable ears, who finally have role models that are a little bigger than size zero.


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