Anonymous said: Why do you hate songs about big butts? Don't you like that booty?
Not that I even think booty songs are bad or don’t deserve to exist. I just think that they aren’t all that revolutionary. They put a huge emphasis on what men want and do not encourage ‘fat acceptance’ but rather ‘fat in the right places.’ No one called Fergie a feminist body positive goddess when she came out with My Humps which is pretty thematically similar to Anaconda (seducing guys with your fabulous booty and spending their money). No one said this of Destiny’s Child when they came out with Bootylicious many years before Beyonce recently got into being vocally feminist. While not exclusively dealing with butts, but still dealing with curves, no one said this about My Milkshake or My Hips Don’t Lie. No one even said this of Nicki when she was heavily featured in the A$$ song. Like I think Anaconda is fun and catchy as the next person but:
A) I don’t think this is anything particularly new.
B) I don’t think the song is about chubby/fat women, Nicki has a very thin waist and visible abs. She may put down ‘skinny bitches’ in the song, which is a different issue in and of itself, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she is pro fat or even pro average body type.
C) That being said, I don’t think we should be trading in one unattainable standard for another. Body trends in general are kind of gross.
As for Meghan Trainor, her body is more ‘attainable’ but she also puts down less curvaceous women in her song and also puts an emphasis on what men find pleasing rather than… saying that women should be happy about their body regardless of what men say they find attractive.
Like if you like the songs, great! If they make you feel better about your body, wonderful! But I am just kind of annoyed that people are acting like this is some new and revolutionary feminist statement. Men and women have been writing about this subject for decades. I am just gonna enjoy Anaconda for what it is and be kind of meh about That Bass because I find it musically a little meh.