A certain 4-year-old I know loves the hit song, All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor. The first time I heard the song was a few months ago at a dinner party. Most of us were a tad drunk when the song was played and the women quickly lashed out with feminist and philosophical rants, all basically bashing the artist (which is truly one of the worst qualities women have, myself included, we need to stop bashing other women, period). A few days later I heard the song on the radio at physical therapy. Sober, and painfully struggling to get through the exercises the physical therapist had left me to complete, I actually listened to the lyrics. My conclusion: I love the message, the packaging, not so much.
Yes, “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” Fuck perfectly photoshopped images of imperfect women that make women feel inadequate. Some women have booty, some have boobs, some have both, some have neither…all are beautiful and sexy. Is a bubblegum pop-song with sexual innuendos and a pastel hued music video really the right vehicle for the message? I’m not so sure. While I continue to grapple with the song and its multiple messages, I’ll let you conjure up your own opinions. If you haven’t already heard the song or seen the video, take a gander:
I was recently made aware of this parody of the song (warning, there is adult language). I found it quite funny.
Perhaps this is simply what feminism looks like in 2014 – important messages set to catchy beats.