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Things I Want to Love but Can Only Like: All About That Bass

Let’s be critical of our media! I just heard this super catchy song called “All About That Bass” by Megan Trainor. It’s a Fat Positive Body Love ANTHEM! And I want to love it so badly, but I cannot love it because 1) I have committed to loving people, not things and 2) even if I did love things and not people, being a critical consumer of media demands a little bit of pause before declaring that this is the best song ever about loving your fat body. Let us watch/listen and then pause/think.

All About That Base- Meghan Trainor

Why I want to embrace it with wide open arms:

It contains the song lyrics

It also features one of my favourite dancers, Sionne Maraschino, inventor of the Maraschino step, one of my favourite contemporary dance moves and Vine videos:

But it also contains the lyrics:

Yeah, my momma she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night
You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll,

And this is a problem because:


And so I really like this song, but I am critical of it because:

Trainor also sings the verse:

Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches // Hey No, I’m just playing I know you think you’re fat// But I’m here to tell you that // Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top

Which clearly acknowledges that skinny women are also harmed by widespread fatshaming, because it policies the bodies of all women. The actual music and visuals in the song are good too. (I’m  sucker for that neon-mod look.) But the false “skinny vs. fat women” lyrics and “real natural vs. fake/modified women” lyrics shows inconsistency in its attempts at social reform and empowerment messaging.

And it is good to be critical of our world. 

“A critique does not consist in saying that things aren’t good the way they are. It consists in seeing on just what type of assumptions, of familiar notions, of established and unexamined ways of thinking the accepted practices are based… To do criticism is to make harder those acts which are now too easy.”- Michael Foucault

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