“All About That Bass” More Like “All About Thin Shaming” But Why?

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Thin Shaming

 

I applaud Meghan Trainor’s song and video for embracing a curvy physique, but why did she have to thin shame in her lyrics AND video with negative images of a thin girl?  She says she’s bringing booty back so “tell the skinny bitches” that? Well I got a big booty and I’m skinny. And I’m sick of the stereotypes.

Thin Shaming

Hey I’m all about glorifying your size when you got some junk in the trunk.  But I gotta ask: Why must we  put one group of women put another down in order  to make feel better? Meghan Trainor’s video “All About That Bass” actually show thin models in the video being ostracized by the guys, and calls them SKINNY BITCHES as they’re pushed aside like a tossed salad (and believe me- we  do eat more than salad)  Now I know that was a title of a book by a woman I know (Skinny Bitch)  but I must ask- why must the skinny girls always been deemed as the bitches?  Why can’t a girl of *any* size be nice? Why must we have any labels on sizes at all?

What a ground breaking example  Meghan Trainor could have set if she were to have sung  how awesome it is to be ANY size without stereotyping skinny girls as negative in her uber popular video.  I might be “skinny”  but also  I’ve been obese and one of the best pieces of advice I ever had was from a woman at the clothing store (did I mention I hate clothes shopping) who said girl- EMBRACE it girl. Embrace those thighs and that ass.

I did  embraced it until it took such a toll on my health, I got a DEXA scan that does not lie and my boyfriend (Doctor) gently read me the results of the scan that said I was about 50% body fat. That’s right fifty percent.  My doctors told me I was downright FAT (and only 5’9 160 but no muscle) and needed to get my fat ass in shape. Yes those were the exact words one doctor used. Not the doctor I’ve been dating 5 years, but one I would see who is a chiropractor who is bigger than Meghan Trainer in this video.

So when I first heard the song and saw the video, I thought that is awesome- until about a minute in when she starts showing skinny girls and making fun of them and her downright hurtful lines like  “You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone figure Barbie Doll”  Well I’m silicone free and all natural, but at 5’9 and 128 lbs now I am called, a stick figure, skinny minny, skin and bones, too thin, anorexic, bean pole, and told I should go “eat a hamburger” and put on some weight even though my doctors NOW tell me I’m far healthier.
You see, last year I was diagnosed with Lyme disease through a blood test (which also cannot lie- no false positives)  With that 50% fat I was carrying around (Lymies have a hard time achieving muscle tone) I was not in good shape- literally or figuratively. So when I lost the fat (90 days I went from about 160 to 130) I  felt better for the first time in years!  The problem was now a few doctors (even the one I’ve been with 5 years) now said I was too skinny. So I think the bottom line is a woman cannot seem to win.  Some might say – look Erin, if you’d just lost 15 lbs you’d have been right in between and have been perfect.

Bullsh*t.

I’d been that in between weight and still heard criticism. When I was at that sweet spot people still said (Some) too fat and some said too thin. So now I’m into loving my body and am hear to tell all women no matter WHAT size you are that is awesome. If you are the singer in the video’s size great. If you’re bigger, great, if you’re thinner great but love and embrace yourself and no need to make videos making fun of skinny girls just to make yourself feel better. That does nothing but enforce stereotypes and turn women against each other.

I for one will not stand for that crap. I WILL stand for every woman of every size. Whether 300 200 or 100 lbs.  There is no perfect size nor one size fits all and I hope someday someone has the GUTS (whether big or small) to make a video that promotes such an idea and STOP with the thin shaming (OR the fat shaming)  That’s my message for today. Thanks for listening. XO E

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ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF HEALTH NUT NEWS Erin Elizabeth is a long time activist with a passion for the healing arts, working in that arena for a quarter century. Her site healthnutnews.megasitescript.com is less than 2 years old but has already cracked the top 20 Natural Health sites worldwide. She is an author, public speaker, and has recently done some TV and film programs for some of her original work which have attracted international media coverage. You can get Erin’s free e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame vaccine injuries, Lyme disease, significant weight gain, and more. Follow Erin on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. P.S. You can subscribe to her Youtube Channel for breaking news, free blenders, giveaways and more

7 COMMENTS

  1. Fat girls have been shamed for years. I think you’re missing the point of the song. “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top… don’t worry ’bout your size.” The “skinny b!tches” reference is about attitude, not size. Just enjoy the song and do your own sexy dance, Erin. Your “bass” is fine too!

  2. After decades of media shaming anyone that didn’t fit a certain model of beauty I find this song to be great.

  3. I’ve heard the song it kind of sounds like skinny shaming. I don’t think we should have to read between the lines to get what she meant in the song so just reading the lyrics to the song Alone makes me feel that she is thin shaming.

  4. People should be nice to each other, but if your doctor medically
    classifies you as overweight, you need to admit that you have a problem
    that negatively affects your health. We’re in the midst of an
    unprecedented obesity epidemic, and obesity is incredibly unhealthy.
    Discouraging women from looking after their health is a TERRIBLE idea.

  5. While everyone should be nice to each other, if your doctor medically
    classifies you as overweight, you need to admit that you have a problem
    that negatively affects your health. We’re in the midst of an
    unprecedented obesity epidemic, and obesity is incredibly unhealthy.
    Discouraging women from looking after their health is a TERRIBLE idea.

  6. What a great article- Thank You! I’m so tired of people feeling like it’s okay to bully thin women. I’m in my thirties, 5′ 7″, and have always been under 115 lbs. I eat like a linebacker but my metabolism is just really fast; so whenever someone yells at me to “Eat a Sandwich” I can’t help but roll my eyes and think- I probably eat more than you all day. I completely agree, there needs to be more acceptance of ALL body sizes, not just “curvy” or “big” girls. Not only does this thin shaming encourage and excuse unhealthy eating habits, but it continues to put unnecessary emphasis on a woman’s physical appearance.

  7. No. No TREBLE means NO THIN PEOPLE. I don’t give a crap if fat girls have been shamed for years. And if “skinny bitches” is about people who are proud of being slender and in shape, then youre really F*** up. People have a right to be proud of the achievement of having a great body. Its hard work. No. I’m not going to enjoy being treated unfairly. If you want to call me a skinny bitch, then you give me the right to call you a fat lazy waste of space. Then we are even.Its not that I care about what Meghan thinks of me. I don’t. But this absurd gag order ends. Skinny privilege, white privilege, whatever privilege. People are not privileged to simply be what they are. Everyone should be equal. We shouldn’t be trying to hamper people who are exceptional so that others feel better about themselves. Next we will have smart privilege, and we will be up in arms against smart people, and idiot shaming.

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  • http://browneknows.com/ Kathi Browne

    Fat girls have been shamed for years. I think you’re missing the point of the song. “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top… don’t worry ’bout your size.” The “skinny b!tches” reference is about attitude, not size. Just enjoy the song and do your own sexy dance, Erin. Your “bass” is fine too!

  • daworstest

    After decades of media shaming anyone that didn’t fit a certain model of beauty I find this song to be great.

  • Jena Bowman

    I’ve heard the song it kind of sounds like skinny shaming. I don’t think we should have to read between the lines to get what she meant in the song so just reading the lyrics to the song Alone makes me feel that she is thin shaming.

  • Mike

    People should be nice to each other, but if your doctor medically
    classifies you as overweight, you need to admit that you have a problem
    that negatively affects your health. We’re in the midst of an
    unprecedented obesity epidemic, and obesity is incredibly unhealthy.
    Discouraging women from looking after their health is a TERRIBLE idea.

  • Mike

    While everyone should be nice to each other, if your doctor medically
    classifies you as overweight, you need to admit that you have a problem
    that negatively affects your health. We’re in the midst of an
    unprecedented obesity epidemic, and obesity is incredibly unhealthy.
    Discouraging women from looking after their health is a TERRIBLE idea.

  • Terry

    What a great article- Thank You! I’m so tired of people feeling like it’s okay to bully thin women. I’m in my thirties, 5′ 7″, and have always been under 115 lbs. I eat like a linebacker but my metabolism is just really fast; so whenever someone yells at me to “Eat a Sandwich” I can’t help but roll my eyes and think- I probably eat more than you all day. I completely agree, there needs to be more acceptance of ALL body sizes, not just “curvy” or “big” girls. Not only does this thin shaming encourage and excuse unhealthy eating habits, but it continues to put unnecessary emphasis on a woman’s physical appearance.

  • Martine

    No. No TREBLE means NO THIN PEOPLE. I don’t give a crap if fat girls have been shamed for years. And if “skinny bitches” is about people who are proud of being slender and in shape, then youre really F*** up. People have a right to be proud of the achievement of having a great body. Its hard work. No. I’m not going to enjoy being treated unfairly. If you want to call me a skinny bitch, then you give me the right to call you a fat lazy waste of space. Then we are even.Its not that I care about what Meghan thinks of me. I don’t. But this absurd gag order ends. Skinny privilege, white privilege, whatever privilege. People are not privileged to simply be what they are. Everyone should be equal. We shouldn’t be trying to hamper people who are exceptional so that others feel better about themselves. Next we will have smart privilege, and we will be up in arms against smart people, and idiot shaming.