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Anonymous asked:

What do you think about all those songs about butts calling thin girls "skinny bitches"?

jennytrout:

rkeahey:

jennytrout:

toxixpumpkin:

nombee-zombie:

paragatenormal:

nombee-zombie:

It doesn’t offend me personally but
/sigh… It’s sad that the media is still pitting women against each other and calling it “empowerment”.

I’ve seen comments like “but the mainstream media glorifies the skinny body type, just let me have this one song!” I understand that, but it doesn’t make it right to condemn people who get plastic surgery or who are skinny so you can feel better about yourself.

Not to mention most of the songs use the point “boys like booty so it’s cool to have one”. This is super problematic because it’s saying that you need male validation to feel good about yourself.
(Which is disgusting)

You guys, read the entire lyrics and watch the video. It says “so you can tell those skinny bitches that. Just kidding I know that you think you’re fat. But I’m here to tell you that you’re perfect from the bottom to the top!” That’s the song. Plus there are women of all sizes showing off.

(I was not just talking about All About That Bass but I will retort anyway)

"She says, "Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.""

"You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll"

Still pretty problematic.

Because saying “I’m just kidding” after saying something extremely mean and rude makes everything okay! Yeah that’s exactly how it works! Brilliant!

Also are those lyrics assuming that all Skinny girls think they are fat?? Cause that’s what it seems like which is really gross. That’s basically saying all skinny girls have a disorder that makes them think they are overweight.

Why even say “Skinny bitches” in the first place? What is the point? Does it make you feel better to call other girls bitches? Seems very spiteful and toxic to me. I don’t know why it’s so damn hard to make a body positive song focused around bigger girls only that doesn’t shit talk other body types. 

Like I’m not even asking to be included in body positive songs cause I quite frankly don’t need to be. But I’d like to not be called a bitch for no reason other than I’m skinny.

I am 100% done with people defending that fucking song with, “SHE SAID SHE’S JUST PLAYIN’!” That’s passive aggressive bullshit nonsense, the song isn’t empowering, it’s an outward display of internalized misogyny, and if you’re going to defend it, you’re a fucking idiot. JUST PLAYIN’.

Can’t we just like or dislike a song without picking it apart because media or mainstream society tells us that we’re supposed to…? Jesus fucking Christ, stop reading into shit. Listen to it or don’t - no one is forcing you to or not.

Absolutely. Like a song or don’t like a song. But there’s a difference between, “I like this,” and “nothing about this is problematic in any way, specifically because I like it.” Like the song all day long. It’s catchy and poppy and fun, and if someone gets a personal sense of empowerment from the song, even better. They are free to enjoy the song. Do they have to walk around thinking about the problematic elements in the lyrics all the time that they listen to the song? No. No one is asking that. But should they shut down and shout down all discussion of those elements because they feel their tastes are coming under attack? No, because it’s silly.

Enjoyment doesn’t equal perfection. Everything we consume in our media has flawed aspects. And if some of us get frustrated or heated in these discussions, it’s because we’re tired of hearing arguments that insinuate we’re stupid or that we’re not paying close enough attention to detail.

I am 100% done with people whining about “why do we have to pick things apart, why can’t you just like a thing or dislike a thing?” I’m sorry critical thinking makes your little head hurt. Here is a bowl of sand. Bury your head in it.

For the record, I do like the song, but I agree that it does have some problematic elements. I don’t agree with all of the points JT raised, but I think they are valid points worthy of consideration nonetheless. But agree or disagree, enjoying a song and examining it critically are not mutually exclusive. Goddamn.

I may be projecting a little. I hear “why can’t you just enjoy a thing and not pick it apart?” a looooooooot (it’s like, do you not know who I am? What I do online? If no, why the hell are you following me on twitter?) and it drives me insane.

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