All About That Bass

I’ve read a couple articles recently about Meghan Trainor’s song, All About That Bass, wherein the writers are complaining that, while it’s great that the song is mainly about accepting your body the way it is, it sucks that it comes at the expense of thinner women. It seems the issue that is most often cited by feminists, is their disappointment in the line in which Meghan Trainor refers to thin women as “Skinny Bitches.” (And other similar points where it seems like Meghan Trainor is putting down thin women in order to bring larger women up.) Ok, yes, this isn’t a nice thing to say, but she then goes on to say “No I’m just playing. I know you think you’re fat” and that she’s “here to tell ya every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” And I can’t help but feel that this is being blown completely out of proportion.

How many songs do you know that praise larger people loving their body the way it is? And how many songs do you know praising hot, sexy, thin, women? Even in the beloved 90’s hit, Baby Got Back, a song that I have seen many voluptuous women embracing and dancing their hearts out to, there are repeated comments about the girl’s “itty bitty waist” – not exactly the full-figured anthem that it was often made out to be.

People popping in with comments of “But what about the thin women?!” hit far too close to misogynists popping into feminist discussions screaming “But what about the men?!” Yes, women as a whole are oppressed. However, in regards to body size, fat women face far more oppression and discrimination than thin women ever do. So no, the song isn’t perfect, and hopefully in the future we can live in a more perfect world, but seriously, in the meantime, can we just have this one?

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Your very own bottle of sexism and degradation

Ads for liquor so often use women and sexuality in their ad campaigns. While I don’t agree with the constant sexualisation of women that seems to be common place in the media, I can often view it without becoming completely enraged. G-spirits has taken this idea to a whole new level (and along with it, my rage). According to their website (fair warning: the majority of the website is quite pornographic, I’ve linked to the least so of the pages) they believe that taste isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to enjoying a drink fully. Apparently the feeling that you get from a bottle, including the process it went through while being made, plays a large role in how you experience the taste of what you’re drinking. Inspired by a company who filters their vodka through diamonds (which in itself seems incredibly ridiculous and unnecessary), G-Spirits has taken this to a whole new level and pours their liquor over the breast of a model before bottling (their whiskey being poured over the breasts of this year’s Playmate of the Year).

This is their selling factor, and it’s incredibly degrading to both women and men. With the statement on their website that “there is nothing more than the erotism of a beautiful woman” they have boiled the value of women down to only their looks and what they’re worth as a sexual being. It’s degrading to men because they actually think men are shallow enough to purchase this just because it’s been poured over a woman’s breasts. Women are worth so much more than their “erotism” and looks, and I like to think that the majority of men are smart enough to purchase their alcohol based on its qualities as a spirit, not solely because it’s been poured over a porn stars breasts.