Open letter to Meghan Trainor

Tiffany Kajiwara, Managing Editor

Dear Meghan Trainor,

You’ve had several “empowering” singles climb to the top of the charts since your debut, “All About That Bass,” in 2014. Now, I had my suspicions about you when this came out, but upon hearing “Me Too,” I am positive. While I understand your intent, you are not a feminist.

I’m not trying to say that you’re a misogynist. You clearly aren’t, and your material is an improvement from the clear objectification and discrimination usually found in mainstream media, but you definitely aren’t a feminist.

Let’s start with “All About that Bass.” You talk about rocking your curves with every possible ounce of confidence. It’s a nice change of pace in a world with rampant fat-shaming, but actually, you wrote a song that does the exact opposite offense. It skinny-shames.

While it is less common, skinny shaming isn’t any less of a problem. You sings “I’m bringing booty back. Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that.” First of all, it is never acceptable to call a woman that derogatorily. These other women did nothing to offend you. You’re hating on them because they were built with a different body type. Isn’t that exactly what you’re trying to fight?

More recently, your song “Me Too” has found a lot of success. Like your debut song, it is incredibly catchy. I commend your abilities as a composer, but its flaws outweigh its strengths.

In this song, you say, “If I was you, I’d wanna be me too.” I can deal with your raging narcissism, but my issue here is that you’re cultivating envy and pitting women against each other.

You’re not saying that women should be confident with who they are and be confident in their own skin. You’re saying girls shouldn’t be happy with themselves and change themselves to be another woman with different strengths and weaknesses.

Comparing ourselves to each other can never end well. I know this quote is cliche, but it’s true. Einstein said, “If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.”

I truly believe everyone is talented and beautiful, but we just have different strong points. Society just tells us some attributes are more valuable than others. We’d all be happier if we could accept ourselves as we are, but you’re sending us backwards by encouraging jealousy and girl on girl hate.

Contrary to popular belief, feminism isn’t just about fighting for just female rights. It’s about building each other up. It’s about equality. Your songs aren’t about equality. You’re targeting people who look like you, and you don’t act like you care about anyone else. You’re not helping your fellow women; you’re helping yourself.

This is a part of the larger issue in pop culture: the misrepresentation and misconceptions about feminism. While it is unfair to pop culture figures because the public expects them to perfectly represent an entire people, at the same time, you guys are given the privilege of having a voice people will listen to, and feminism is one of those heavily debated topics that people don’t entirely understand.

When people think of feminism, they think of man-hating misandrists who are trying to boot men out of society, but in reality most feminists are fighting to stand on equal ground as men, which also involves making traditionally feminine things acceptable for men. Just because something is traditionally associated with one gender shouldn’t limit anyone from living their lives how they want to.

Although considering the kind of content you’ve been churning out, I think your heart is in the right place. You are encouraging the women who are under and often stereotypically represented in media. Those are the people who need to hear it most.

Just modify the way you approach it. Try and build everyone up. Widen your audience. Just because a woman has the body type that is traditionally valued doesn’t mean that it’s okay to attack them. You have a strong voice in the media. Use it wisely.