“I’m all about that bass.” Finally. Someone gets it.
Meghan Trainor’s new song “All About That Bass” has me hooked. I really enjoy the hip-shaking groovy tune (to quote my
mother great-grandmother) and the fact that it’s all about that bass.
Thunder thighs are something that some of us have to deal with. Some have to buy jeans that are two sizes too big in the waist so that they fit over calves and thighs. I’ve always been rather fond of my base. It keeps my feet grounded on the ski slope and soccer field.
Magazines promote thigh gaps. I’ve never had one of those…
I was a little shocked when I came across an article by Akchita Singh that says that Trainor’s song was a “body-shaming” song.
I’d like to respectively disagree. You can look at the lyrics here to form your own opinion.
This is song is a body confidence song. Singh disputes this statement in three main arguments and I’m going to dispute her arguments.
1. Singh says that the line “Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase” means that Trainor’s confidence comes from boys.
I do agree with Singh when she says that there is nothing wrong with being a person who finds you attractive. I disagree at the point when she says that Trainor gets all of her acceptance of her body from other people. Trainor specifically says that if you’re not into her body type than you can just “move along.” That doesn’t sound like someone who gets all of her confidence from men appreciating her body. She sounds pretty confident in herself.
What good mom hasn’t told her daughter not to worry about her size? Size doesn’t matter if you’re healthy and I would never believe I’m fat just because I can’t fit into a size 2…or 4…or 6. I would have a severe eating disorder if I was that skinny. “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.” I think Ms. Trainor is referring to the Photoshopped supermodels whose bodies have been edited to impossible standards. There’s a good chance that boys like women with real bodies. (It’s not possible to have that booty pop and a thigh gap. It’s just not.)
2. Singh’s next argument is in regards to the line “Junk in all the right places.”
Ms. Singh you make my argument for me. “[W]e can only assume that Trainor means having curves and having a body like Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian.” Singh is assuming that Trainor is talking about butts and boobs, but there’s really no proof of that. The “booty” Trainor sings about could be treasure too. Booty is pirate slang for treasure. Duh! Seriously though, it does not specify what “all the right junk is” and I choose to believe that it could be butt, boobs, or …BRAINS! It could be thighs, calves, biceps, smile, eyes, or sense of humor.
It’s Trainor who is “all about that bass.” She’s saying that’s her body type.
3. Finally, Singh makes what she assumes is a self-explanatory argument against the phrase “skinny b*tches.”
Truth be told, if you read the lyrics, Trainor’s actually standing up for them. She’s saying that magazines and other media tell these skinny girls that they are still fat but Trainor is saying that every inch of them is “perfect from the bottom to the top.”
Ms. Singh, your argument is erroneous.
I do want to recognize that I know some people are naturally skinny. They could eat three cows in one meal and maybe gain a pound.
There are also people who tend to be a little heavier.
Neither is wrong.
There are also people who decide to change their body to be exactly how they want it. That’s not wrong either.
Trainor is saying that she’s happy with her body type. If guys don’t like it, that’s there own problem. Trainor is happy with her body type and won’t be changing it anytime soon. She’s not shaming anyone. Just displaying her confidence in her own body type. That’s a pretty unique trait these days.
So there you have it: my rebuttal. I’d like to challenge you to read the lyrics and make a decision for yourself.