September 20, 2014 by Alex Johannigman
Meghan Trainor’s debut single, “All About That Bass” has recently skyrocketed to the top of Billboard’s Top 100 with its catchy lyrics and attractive message about the shallowness of our culture which promotes a super skinny yet unobtainable body image “ideal” for women using technology like Photoshop. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to check out her music video which has now reached around 75 million views.
Many are praising this song as a body-positive, female empowerment anthem for advocating that you don’t need to be a size 2 to be beautiful. And I do believe that its success is doing some great work in helping to fight body image issues, which are especially prevalent among teenage girls who are particularly susceptible to eating disorders caused in part by feeling the pressure to be considered beautiful by their peers and live up to the fake images of thin super-models that they see in the media. Eating disorders have become a bigger issue than many of us realize, and some of the women that I am personally closest to and love most struggled with them when they were in their high school years. So I wanted to give her a high five when I first heard some of the lyrics to her song like “Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size” and “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”
However, to borrow the words of one of my greatest role models, Obi-Wan Kenobi, “This isn’t the female empowerment anthem you’re looking for.”