Yes, we’ve all suffered from having the bouncing beat of “All About that Bass” and the bopping twang of “Dear Future Husband” stuck on loop in our heads, but have we taken the time to actually listen to the drivel that Meghan Trainor is feeding us?
In an interview with MTV, Trainor openly admitted to not being a feminist, but wants to inspire girls around the world with her “body positive” songs.
The first red flag of this statement is that Trainor doesn’t recognize that while she is celebrating curvaceous women, she is simultaneously referring to women who don’t have this body type, as “skinny bitches.”
What kind of message does this send to her young fans? According to Trainor, a woman will only be attractive to a man when she has “a little more booty” for “boys to hold at night.”
Trainor is advising her listeners to continue to seek male validation for their self-esteem and perceptions of beauty, something that would make any modern feminist incredulous.
While “All About that Bass” did allow for women with more junk in the trunk to feel confident about their bass, any headway Trainor made with the tune was halted when she released “Dear Future Husband,” which is just as catchy, but twice as damaging.
Trainor’s music seeks to revisit what many consider to be the greatest American time period, full of rock and roll, peace and modernity: the 1950s.
What Trainor brings with her ’50s beat is the endorsement of outdated gender roles sung to a playful melody.
Trainor offers her future husband “the perfect wife” if he treats her right. For Trainor, the perfect wife is a woman who will stay home and buy groceries and do whatever he likes if he calls her beautiful each night and opens doors for her.
She is literally offering herself if her future husband treats her with the lowest modicum of respect. Anyone can see that Trainor’s view of womanhood is incredibly skewed.
Someone pinch me, it’s 1953 again!
Clearly, Trainor’s idea of a perfect marriage would be one where if the husband opens doors and tells his wife she’s beautiful, he is rewarded for being such an incredibly amazing, stand-up guy, with the perfect wife who will buy everything he needs and love him at night, even though she’s a woman and is definitely crazy half of the time.
But don’t worry, future Mr. Trainor, just “treat her like a lady” and everything will be fine! Specifically, treat her like a restricted, unequal lady from the 1950s.
Yes, Meghan, you’re allowed to bring us back to the ’50s, but must you also bring us back to antiquated and sexist standards as well?
We as a musical society need to have higher standards for our music — preferably music that doesn’t offend women everywhere.
Not only does Trainor’s music convey a message of sexism, but so too do her in-person interviews.
When asked about inspiration for “All About that Bass” and what she wanted her fans to take away from the song, Trainor responded saying that she doesn’t have high self-esteem herself, and only gained it from releasing the song and getting many fans’ praises of her body and beauty.
Furthermore, Trainor essentially stood by her “skinny bitch” body shaming lyrics and said that people who have anorexia are strong, and she could never be as strong as them. Um. Excuse me?
First of all, seeking external validation yourself is one thing, but endorsing it in your music and in your interviews is another thing entirely.
Secondly, telling people who have an eating disorder that they are “strong” and “admirable” is unacceptable. People who suffer from anorexia are constantly struggling, and though I myself have never experienced it, I can only imagine what kind of pain they experience.
They, along with millions of men and women who suffer from body image and self-esteem issues should not be punished with the pervasive sexist message of Trainor’s music.
With luck, Trainor will fade just like every other one-hit wonder.