The Close But Not Quite Award goes to the song “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. It’s a catchy tune, no doubt about it. And it tries to get across the message that you don’t have to be a size two to be beautiful. That’s a message that young girls need to hear today more than ever. It would have been perfect if she hadn’t thrown in the lines, “Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size. She says, ‘Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.’”
So close! But now, instead of being a song that says it’s okay not to be a stick figure, it’s okay to be who you are, it turns into a song that says, “Okay, so you’re not skinny, but boys actually like your type of body.” Meghan, Meghan… the actual message we need to get out there is that you don’t need some boy to validate you no matter what size you are. We need a song that says, “Love yourself.” You can do it, Meghan. You almost did. Try again!
The Even Closer But Still Not Quite Award goes to the website FCKH8.com. Their videos about pay inequality, domestic violence and women’s rights will definitely get your attention. And that’s important. But their main premise seems to be that in order to speak out you have to have a potty mouth. That makes you think the message is so offensive that you have to be offensive to say it.
I actually think women and girls can speak with dignity and class and still get their point across. Don’t believe me? Look at Malala Yousafzai, one of my personal heroes. A more dignified young woman you will never see. And yet she spreads the word.
The feminist message needs a wide variety of voices. Not all of them will be spot on. It is gratifying to see that there are more and more out there to choose from, at the very least.