'All About That Bass': Discriminative as Empowering


Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches / Hey! / No, I'm just playing / I know you think you're fat 
- Megan Trainor, 
All About That Bass

Well, that's a thing. While Trainor is All About That Bass, everyone else is all about the anti-feminist message she's actually sending.

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Of course, after those lyrics up there, Trainor goes on to tell everyone that 'every inch of them is perfect, from the bottom to the top'. But, is that how she really feels? From watching the video and listening to the lyrics, it was quite evident that she is a strong supporter of curvy women (which is great!), and curvy women only (not so great).
   First things first (I'm the realest): I don't care if 'skinny bitches' is a 'saying' ― don't use it. Saying that is the equivalent of using 'fat bitches', which is just downright awful, right? There are tons of voluptuous women self-conscious of their bodies who wish to be skinny, but there are also tons of skinny women self-conscious of their bodies who wish to be curvy, such as a teenage Kaya Scodelario. I know that most of you are probably thinking skinny women who are self-conscious and want curves are ungrateful. I mean, their body type is the 'in thing', right? Well, with all of the scrutiny we undergo in our society today, how can any person, let alone a girl, not feel self-conscious? If you're curvy, then you're fat. If you're skinny, then you're a malnourished fake bitch.
   Secondly and finally, while this song is claimed to be an empowering anthem for all women out there, that is far from the truth. Trainor got a skinny model to be in the music video, and she and her crew pretty much taunted and berated the model for being 'fake' and skinny throughout the song. Most curvy women out there complain, and rightfully so, that everyone is hyper-critical and rude about their size. Well, what Trainor and her crew were doing to the model in the video was definitely no better or above what the public does to curvy women. Through the crew's actions, you could feel their pretentious vibes just because of their body types. Again, being rude to a skinny woman just because she's skinny makes you no better than those who insult curvy women because they have curves.

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While Trainor does make a valid point in saying that what we see in magazines are all Photoshopped and not quite actually real, most models are naturally slim, and there are a lot of girls and women out there who are naturally skinny as well.
   Also, it seemed to be that in order to get into Trainor's crew, you had to have curves galore. You had to have the 'booty booty' ― after all, don't boys like "a little more booty to hold at night?" Well, what about girls with "stick-figures?" Those lyrics are pretty much telling all curvy girls to love their bodies because boys like curvy bodies, and that no boys will really like skinny girls because they're "fake." (So wrong on so many levels.)
   Point is: while I do love the empowerment to curvy women from All About That Bass, it's quite the downer and not-so empowering to skinny women. Trainor tells her listeners that they're all perfect, yet specifically talks down to slim women. All About That Bass is like a Taylor Swift breakup song: revenge on the skinny woman for simply being skinny. It's not a feminist anthem; it's an anti-feminist piece of trash deemed a "hit-song".

Watch All About That Bass below: