Is Meghan Trainor Anti-Feminist?

Is Meghan Trainor Anti-Feminist?

Her seemingly positive music sends out a sexist message, angering feminists of all kinds.

When I first heard "All About That Bass," I thought that the time had finally come when people in the spotlight would create songs about body positivity and acceptance, daring to contradict societal norms. I bought Meghan Trainor's entire album, "Title," and religiously listened to her retro beat. At least, until I took a closer look at her lyrics. In reality, I was not the only one completely fooled by the message hidden in between the encouraging words.

Many people recognize the reminiscent retro melody that Meghan Trainor produces. Her first single "All About That Bass" was released in 2014, and immediately gained popularity among the younger generation, including myself. The seemingly body positive anthem had many teens in a positive uproar over the revolutionary lyrics and overall body acceptance vibe of the song.

Trainor's insta fame from "All About That Bass" made her the subject of extreme criticism, as most controversial artists are. After analyzing her lyrics, some people realized that in between the lines of the new summer anthem was an anti-feminist message: "Boys like a little more booty to hold at night." In short, a man's opinion about a woman's body measures her self-worth, and she needs a man's approval to feel confident about it -- an atrocious message to be sending out to women and girls, especially those who see Trainor as a role model.

The song also puts down thin women, also known as skinny shaming. Phrases like, "You know I won't be no stick figure Barbie doll" portrays thin women to be a negative ideal, and lyrics such as, "ain't no size two" and "go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that" do not serve as any sort of promotion of positive body image.

The catchy tune starts out as an encouraging body positive message, but quickly veers off course. Trainor's lyrics fall back onto the reinforced idea of society's unattainable beauty standards, and what a woman is worth based on a man's view their body.

This is not the only anti-feminist song that Meghan Trainor has released. "Dear Future Husband" seemed to be a women empowerment anthem, but the music video has quite the opposite message. Trainor is seen portraying a '50s housewife, performing typical housewife chores.

These songs have feminists fuming. Some people choose to ignore it, and enjoy her music, anyway. Others write about how they think Meghan Trainor needs to go back to the '50s housewife era.

The entire idea behind the feminist movement is equality for men, women, and all genders. Meghan Trainor's music is a setback for anyone who considers themselves a feminist. Her songs spout a sexist message, one that she doesn't seem to understand. What's up with that? In 2015, when women are supporting each other and exuding positive vibes, what is Trainor doing by putting out songs that completely go against the newfound confidence of women?

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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