By: Tracey McCoy
Yeah it’s pretty clear that Meghan Trainor is confident in her own skin – I mean if someone has “all the right junk in all the right places” how could they not be?!
It is refreshing hearing a song on the radio that promotes confidence in women instead of the usual degrading “music” that is constantly over played. But should this song really be the anthem for self-love and body confidence?
Listeners go through self-image whiplash: gaining confidence when told “don’t worry about your size” and “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top” but may feel conflicted if they are of a smaller stature when it comes to “I’m bringing booty back, go ahead and tell them skinny b****** that”- I mean if you have a butt then you have all the right in the world to flaunt it, but that by no means does it give you the right to put down those who aren’t as blessed in the behind. Having a good body image should be about supporting health at any size, which includes not shaming people with a “stick figure.”
This seems to be a common occurrence in society- we live in a hypocritical world. Beauty standards and the media are big contenders in telling everyone to be slender yet at the same time this seems to open the doors to ridicule without consequence. We hold ourselves to a double standard. Whether you are encouraged to be thin, or encouraged to be curvy, you’re still being influenced to look a certain way. Imagine telling a larger woman to eat better: not only would you probably hurt their feelings, but you’d also be looked upon as a rude person- you be looked upon as the “skinny b****” that Trainor belts about. Yet if someone made a comment to a skinnier individual, like the common “go eat a hamburger,” it is almost meant to be interpreted as a compliment. Getting involved in people’s life style choices is a sensitive matter and should not be joked around with.
Recently, popular actress Sophia Bush, started a campaign advocating “0 is not a size” after seeing an outrageous shirt at Urban Outfitters displaying the phrase “Eat Less”. In no way shape or form is that an acceptable saying to have on a t-shirt and it’s kind of disgusting that someone would consider that fashion. Bush reflects on the shirt saying “It’s like handing a suicidal person a loaded gun. You should know better.” But how are the people who are a size zero supposed feel when they’re told what fits them should not be considered a size? Some people are naturally a size zero. They may be “small” by average standards, but they are healthy and should be encouraged to love their bodies, too, not feel guilty. We can’t continue to lift up the confidence in curvy girls, by body shaming others.
So whether you’ve got that “boom boom that all the boys chase” or you’re strutting it in your fresh pair of whatever size jeans that fit you comfortably – put in your headphones, drown out the world’s perception of beauty, keep dancing, and love yourself.