The new hit artist ‘Megan Trainor’ has captured the eyes of many with her supposed ‘body positive’ song, ‘Bass’ being used to mean bum. Her lyrics include ‘I see the magazine, working that photo shop we no aint’ real’ and ’cause every inch of you is perfect, from the bottom to the top’. Well, I can safely say that she won’t be congratulated on her grammar any time soon! However, these lyrics do raise awareness to the impossible standards that magazines and celeb culture impose on young people.
However, she still uses her body, and male attention to show her worth ‘boys like a little more booty to hold on at night’. This is not really liberating young people from the pressures of body image, instead it is just creating a new standard. You could say that Megan is simply jumping on the back of this new ‘booty culture’ in which artists like Miley Cyrus and Nikki Minaj have started twerking for entertainment purposes. This was once used in traditional West African dances rather than a method of performance or a publicity tool. Some may say that twerking is not sexist because women are constantly shamed for revealing their sexuality (aka, slut shaming). However does this new fad harm the younger generation? As someone with a sister of 9 years old it worries me that she could be singing lyrics about her arse! More over I have a friend, who is currently working in a primary school and she states that girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 12 are constantly singing along to Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’: lyrics include ‘my anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns hun’. Of course to us, it is obvious that she is singing about sexualised body parts. However, I hope that these children are naive enough to believe that they are singing about musical notes, snakes and baked goods.
Not only is Trainor appearing to be jumping on the bandwagon with this ‘booty culture’ she is criticising girls who are slim: ‘you know I won’t be no stick figure silicone barbie doll’ and ‘go ahead and tell those skinny bitches that no..’ This really doesn’t seem any more body positive than the magazines that she is criticising, you could say that she is simply reversing the standard of what is acceptably ‘beautiful’. On a lighter note I feel that Lily Allen’s ‘Hard out Here’ comments on the issues surrounding ‘booty culture’ and body image in a humorous and captivating manner.