July 30, 2014

Why I'm All About That Bass

I've been holding back saying this since the criticism began because I know it comes across as bitchy... and that's honestly not my intention. But I'm honestly SO tired of reading articles about how this song is so offensive. 

For those who haven't listened to these "offensive" lyrics, the ones in question are:

I'm bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches Hey
No, I'm just playing
I know you think you're fat
But every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top

Some people are way too hung up on the phrase "skinny bitches" and haven't stopped whining about it since. Not only do I think these people are missing the entire point of the song, but 


I'm sorry, but I just don't feel bad for any "skinny bitches" that take offense to that line. Meghan Trainor addresses this herself in the lines that follow by saying you only think you're fat when, in fact, you're perfect from the bottom to the top.

I can't even count the number of comments I've read in the past week about how the word skinny is just as offensive as the word fat. Interestingly, I don't hear anyone crying out in disgust over Skinny Lattes at Starbucks, Skinny Jeans, Skinny Girl Margaritas, or any of the other items marketed as skinny to attract a following. 

I'm not even going to address the "bitches" part of that phrase because anyone who takes offense to it in this song probably shouldn't be listening to any pop music at all since it's in pretty much everything. Moving on...

We curvies have ONE SONG in all the history of music where someone is saying it's okay to have curves and that boys will still like you if you're not a Barbie. And while understand the argument that a boy's approval shouldn't be the basis of one's self-image, every curvy girl can tell you that they live in a world that tells them they aren't deserving of love or sex because of their curves. Unless, of course, you're curvy like BeyoncĂ©, which, let's face it, still isn't very curvy. 

The point is, I NEEDED a song like this when I was a teenager (and still today), when EVERY message I received from the world told me I was less-than because of my body. And I am thrilled a song like this has gained the popularity it has because somewhere out there is a girl who needs to hear this message!

Yeah my mama, she told me don't worry about your size
She says boys like a little more booty to hold a night
No, I won't be no stick figure, silicone Barbie doll
So if that's what you're into, then go ahead and move along

To all the thin women who are offended by this song, I want to say IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU. It's the same argument I hear for a straight pride parade, white history month, and white entertainment television. I'm here to tell the world that it needs to stop. Instead, I ask you to recognize that you are a member of a privileged group who maybe just can't understand the need for music like this in mainstream media.

Because we can't turn on the television and see beautiful women like us on every channel. And when they do appear, they're likely in a comedic role rather than a love interest like their thinner counterparts.

We aren't adequately represented in mainstream fashion, despite the fact that we make up more than half of the population. In fact, even many of the stores that do offer us clothing options force us to shop online because GOD FORBID we shop in the same store as our skinny sisters. 

And because no one photoshops an image to make the subject look like us. In fact, they go to epic lengths to create the opposite. Anyone else remember the ridiculously photoshopped thigh gaps in Target's ads earlier this year? Here's a whole list of extremely photoshopped images that prove this point. 

Before I end, I do want to acknowledge that body shaming can happen to people of all sizes. I'm not oblivious to that. I don't support ever pointing out a person for the purpose of criticizing his or her body. I'm also not saying that thin women don't have body image issues. Of course they do. 

But that's not what this is about. 

What I am saying is that this song is about body acceptance. It's about celebrating and validating the beauty and worth of girls who are subjected daily to messages that speak the opposite. It's about giving girls a reason to love their curves, and I'm proud to call it my summer anthem!


  1. Rock on girlie! I must be living under a rock through, I've never even heard of the song!

  2. *PREACH IT GIRL* pa-reeeeaccch it!

    I heard this song for the first time 2 days ago and ever since then it's been forever STUCK in my head and for all the reasons you addressed. I too totally could use a song like this on a daily basis and could have used it more when I was younger, I think it is fantastic that more artists, especially females, are coming out with positive body image songs! Being a Middle School teacher, it is a constant struggle with my girls to keep them thinking positively about themselves, it's nice to have pop music helping the cause!

    Anchored in the Middle

  3. I love everything about this song and this post. I have been listening on repeat. Thank you for introducing it to me. You're the best!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. So good! and I was thinking the same as Karie up there when she said PREaCH it! :-) My favorite line is about the skinny B!t*hes who think they're fat - I think it's super clever and totally funny! anyways, I also agree it's an anthem to celebrate what we've been given. Thanks for writing about this one! :-)

  5. I LOVE this song! I happen to be one of those "skinny b!t*hes" but I take no offense to it AT ALL. My daughter is on the "thicker" side so I was exstatic to hear a mainstream song telling her the same thing I have been telling her. You are beautiful just the way you are! It's a harder message for her to swallow coming from me so I'm happy for the reinforcements!