“All About that Bass” singer Meghan Trainor has announced she’s bringing booty back. When she comes on that radio, I can’t resist shaking what God gave me just a little bit. Her first hit song is catchy enough to have spent a month in the Billboard top 10, settling in as the No. 1 song in the country this week.
Meghan Trainor and I see eye to eye on a lot: We both like to dance. We like who we are. We agree that Photoshopped supermodels are whack. That her mama reassured her, “Don’t worry about your size,” just makes me want to meet her and her awesome mama.
As Nicki Minaj touts big-booty appreciation in “Anaconda” (with lyrics hijacked from “Baby Got Back,” in celebration of her own full figured derriere) and JLo and Iggy Azalea prepare to release another single honoring big booties, we’re “officially in the era of the big booty.” Women have at last entered the golden age of self-acceptance.
Or so it seems.
To be clear, 20-year-old Trainor does not articulate a Christian view of the body… and neither do Minaj, Lopez, or Azalea. They’re not even voicing a particularly feminist one. Jezebel and Feministing say that Trainor’s hit, being heralded as a body-friendly anthem, does not speak for them.
The affirmation of self-acceptance in “All About that Bass” sounds at first like a win. But the empowering message doesn’t hold up once she (and her mama) identify a man as the locus of authority for loving her curves:
'Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase
And all the right junk in all the right places…
Yeah my mama she told me don't worry about your size She says, "Boys ...1
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