When someone asks you what the perfect body is, what would you reply? Skinny? Muscly? Curvy? All of the above? In the 50’s, a curvaceous figure, usually a size ten – twelve was considered the most desired shape. Nowadays, a size six to eight is what more than most young girls want to get down to if they are not at that size already and once again, it is all due to the pressure from media.
Don’t think I’m going to ramble on about how the media has a high demand for thin, petite girls with large breasts and perky bottoms because it does the same thing to boys, well, minus the breasts. If you take a stroll down the magazine aisle at your local supermarket, you’ll pick out that in men’s magazines, the man on the front is almost always topless and absolutely ripped, this is the male equivalent of the “perfect” body image, as us girls feel like we should be slim and fitting into dresses that don’t show any out of place lumps and bumps, many men actually feel like if their body is not bless with six packs and huge biceps then they too, are unattractive.
This is becoming a real issue as people turn to eating disorders rather than the gym if they want to lose weight and this does not make anyone any healthier, it’s not natural to go from eating three, four meals a day to crunching on half an apple a day.
I don’t want this post to be solely about losing weight and fitting into Ariana Grande’s jeans because it’s not just “fat” shaming anymore. “Skinny” shaming is becoming more apparent in the music industry as the promotion of curvy bodies grows. Songs such as Anaconda by Nicki Minaj and All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor glorify the bigger women, trying to tell them that they’re beautiful just how they are without dropping a few dress sizes however, in both songs, they “Skinny” shame and this is not teaching our culture and generation anything other than it’s starting to be bad to be thin. In Anaconda, Nicki Minaj has lyrics like “he can tell I ain’t missing no meals.” Implying that if you’re thin, you must not be eating well. Except, I know plenty of girls with naturally high metabolisms who could eat continuously every single day and yet, make no change to their figure because of it. Also, there is a line in the song that says “Fuck those skinny bitches in the club.” Another skinny shaming line and yet, in an interview, she stated that she wanted all women to know that they are beautiful but how can that be done when the song does nothing but promote a large figure and shame the small ones. With Meghan Trainor, I have to say that I do love the song, the beat is fun and it’s quite catchy but once again, there is nothing but skinny shaming going on. The lyrics in this song include “boys like a little more booty to hold at night.” Which pretty much says plain as day that boys will not want you if you’re under a size ten which is not true, contrary to popular belief, boys are actually capable of over looking your appearance if there’s something about you that interests them. Trainor also goes on about how she “won’t be no stick figure barbie doll.” Sometimes, I think that it slips peoples mind that no one can avoid their natural build, if you are naturally a size six then it’s not your fault and you should be proud of your body no matter what and same goes if you’re naturally big boned and broad shouldered or petite or anything else, embrace your flaws and don’t let anyone put you down because of them.