SKINNY BITCH VS. FAT BITCH: THANK YOU MEGHAN TRAINOR & ALL ABOUT THAT BASS

Meghan Trainor singing “All About That Bass” to empower women to embrace their bodies is the equivalent of tax evading (ex) Representative Michael Grimm showing up to the halls of Congress to uphold the law.

Since when does getting famous off of dropping the phrase “skinny bitch” in a one-hit-wonder song make the point that women should feel proud and confident of the way they look? Having faced “skinny shaming” literally dozens of times in my office, in the streets, and even in my own family, I don’t know why there is no sensitivity to respecting the smaller size of naturally smaller people. (There was a woman in my professional life who never introduced herself to me but would ask me if I ever ate, every single time she passed me in the hallway. I wanted to tell her, lady, have you ever sat next to me during an oyster happy hour!?)

According to DailyMail.co.uk, Meghan Trainor’s inspiration for the song that combines America’s new-found obsession with the female behind and a catchy repetition of small words comes from a young lifetime of bullying. Ms. Trainor should know that she is no better than the boy who would only take her out on a date if she lost weight or the talent scouts that passed her up because of her size. Meghan, your lyricism is not profound and it doesn’t get back at those who overlooked you. It simply alienates swaths of women who find nothing wrong with their healthy selves and everything wrong with the way you talk about them.

When it comes to pop culture, I can’t help but wonder, why is “skinny bitch” politically correct while “fat bitch” is politically incorrect”?

Regardless, I am not a fan of a woman believing that her looks can be her legacy. Much less a woman leaving a legacy for only her demographic of women. Even supermodel Gisele Bundchen knows this. That is why I am over any and every artist who talks the “skinny bitch” vs. “fat bitch” game. I am looking at you Nicki Minaj. It is also why I am obsessed with these ladies from Columbia University’s business school and their “All About That Bass” parody, “Bitch in Business.”

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This is not language I normally use publicly but explicit truth is often needed to have an honest discussion.

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2 thoughts on “SKINNY BITCH VS. FAT BITCH: THANK YOU MEGHAN TRAINOR & ALL ABOUT THAT BASS

  1. Great first Global Issues post! Definitely something to think about!

    As well as the politically correct/incorrect angle, the debate also goes into the subtleties around “thin privilege” and the stigmas associated on extreme sides of being fat or thin. I guess the bigger issues is to convey the message to kids and teens about being healthy – you can have someone who is fat and fit vs. someone who is skinny and unhealthy. But, being a pop-song, it’s likely not the venue for that type of messaging….yet!

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