The controversial “All About That Bass”

Meghan Trainor in her smash video. Photo by thewire.com

Meghan Trainor in her smash video. Photo by thewire.com

“I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble.”

This is the catchy hook of Meghan Trainor’s first and crazy successful single. It is currently at the top of the billboard charts and has a bright and fun video to match. The song is meant to promote self love and positive body image, but does it really do this? Can this be used as argument to prove women’s presence in popular music?

 

The answer is no. Although this song seemingly works for women empowerment, it falls short. The first problem is the use of the phrase, “I’m bringing booty back, go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that.” This phrase coupled with the image in the video of harassing and shaming the typical skinny girl creates a message, whether intentional or not, that skinny girls are not welcome. This song is not inclusive for those women who are naturally thin.

The second problem is the hook, “Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size” – So far so good.

Then, “She says, ‘Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.'” – Thats where it falls short. The defining of women’s beauty by the opposite gender. This is both heteronormative and the opposite of the ideals of feminism.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably listen to the song again because it’s so damn catchy. However, I can’t reconcile the exclusiveness of this song. Its very popular and therefore will create some sort of influence, but I wish it covered more bases. I believe this is a good step in the journey to make women present, empowered, and equal in all areas of life and work, but there is still work to be done, with this song and the overall conception of feminism.

Do you absolutely love “All About That Bass”? Or does the song need some work? Let us know in the comments and on twitter @Speakeasymag!

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