Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Why "All About That Bass" is not actually sending a good message to girls...

Most people have been complaining about the "skinny bitches" phrase, fair enough. It does then go on to say "no, I'm just playing. I know you think you're fat but I'm here to tell ya, every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top". So yeh that's an alright message. Moving on from the "is it also supporting skinny girls, or is it really bashing them?" argument that everyone is obsessed with... the tune is actually pretty catchy, and her voice is awesome but there is just one line, only one line(!) that really ruins the whole "whooop girl power! Fuck photoshop!" message that it's trying to send across.

"Boys like a little more booty to hold at night"

Yeh so? You got a big booty and you don't like it yourself, but you're gonna reassure yourself by saying it's OK cos "boys like a little more booty to hold at night". Shall I repeat it one more time see if you get the message? So fucking what about what boys want?! Is that all us skinny and fat bitches are good for? For a guy to hold our booty at night? I like to think I'm more than that. I don't like to separate girls into skinny bitches and fat bitches. I don't like that this song is trying to make girls feel empowered no matter what size they are (despite the fact that it does separate skinny and fat, and doesn't use nice language to describe skinny girls - didn't notice I was made of silicone eh!) by saying that guys like it! Why do we need a guys approval hmm? Shouldn't we just approve of ourselves?

It makes me cringe so so much hearing this song 'cos that one lyric totally ruined it for me. While everyone else is feeling empowered by it I still want more, this is still not good enough. Women relying on men for compliments and to feel good about themselves is not a good message to send. When a song comes out making women feel good about their bodies without referring to a man's opinion once, I will be content.

14 comments :

  1. Yeah I completely agree with you tbh. That line really encompasses the whole sort of message of the song... not ok x

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  2. I never saw the song as empowering but I didn't think about that boys like a little more booty part! I dont know why :s but I agree with it 100% We ain't living to please men (I dont hate guys but seriously)


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  3. I've never heard it but read a lot about it and I wholeheartedly agree!
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  4. I just kinda think the song sucks tbh. It's really not my style of music and I hate the general attitude of it. I think I'll stick with my rock music :)

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  5. There are a lot of opinions about it but i think a lot of people miss this line in particular.

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  6. It's only one line and it seems to get lost in all the opinions about 'skinny bitches' etc etc, but to me it's the bit that makes the song awful!

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  7. It really does! Such a sneaky little line...

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  8. I actually wrote a post about this song on my blog ( http://myappellative.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/rant-2-that-bass.html ) but I didn't actually mention that line and I can't believe I missed it, I completely agree with you!

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  9. I'll have a read of it now, thanks :) yeh it's pretty subtle and I only picked up on it cos someone had actually taken the time to write all the lyrics out in a blog post and when I spotted it I was just like um no... haha xo

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  10. I completely 100% agree. The song is catchy and don't get me wrong it is progress, but there is still a long way to go. We need to be reminding girls they are beautiful without relating it to guys. Plus it contributes to the heteronormativity that is all to present in our society. I'm sure all those lesbians with body image issues are super relieved to know boys would still like them. /sarcasm.

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  11. I didn't even mention that like there is so much wrong with it that people aren't picking out. Crazee arguments going on about it and I was like meh, then I actually read the lyrics and listened to it and immediately picked up on that line! Couldn't believe no one else had! I didn't see a single person bring it up! xo

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  12. OMG this is so true.. I have never paid attention to the lyrics!!!
    Thank you! I'd never know if it wasn't for you!

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  13. I wouldn't have even known if it hadn't been for Louise, sprinkle of glitter, writing out the lyrics on her blog post about it! However, her post was praising the song...

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