Behind the Scenes of “All About That Bass” +
How are skinny girls supposed to feel love when your song is about loving only fat bodies?
I’m sorry, but how are fat girls supposed to feel when every advertisement, be it on television or in a magazine, when nearly every movie, shows only thin women? I am completely against body shaming, but the fact remains that there is very little positive representation for bigger girls. Thin women are considered the norm and are far more accepted and you see them everywhere you look in the media. So please, don’t take this the wrong way, but please just let me have a song that makes me, for once, feel good about my body.
ive also noticed that people always focus on one particular line of this song which apparently makes it “skinny shaming”
but nobody ever acknowledges the following lines?
the main theme of the song is giving love to larger women because larger women are so commonly shamed for their bodies, ignored by the media and generally given less love and acceptance than thinner women, but the song in its entirety is a message that all women are beautiful. People are failing to acknowledge that
Anybody else remember this episode? In it, a female villain called Femme Fatale is stealing millions of dollars in Susan B. Anthony coins. Naturally, the Powerpuff Girls go to stop her. She then convinces them that men are all horrible because female superheroes aren’t as well known as male superheroes, even asking Blossom to name some to where her only answer is Wonder Woman.
They start acting bitter, refusing to do chores when the Professor asks and even telling the Mayor to save the town himself. Ms. Bellum and Ms. Keane talk to the girls and basically explain that being mean to guys won’t do anything and that isn’t the kind of message feminists should put out.
They proceed to beat up Femme Fatale while giving her a history lesson about Susan B. Anthony, the story where she voted and was found guilty because women couldn’t vote back then, but when the judge wanted to let her off easily because she was a woman, she forced them to take her to jail. The girls handle her and the lesson is that misandry will not stop misogny and we all should just respect each other.
And it fell on Tumblr’s deaf ears.
I don’t usually engage with much beyond silliness on this blog, but..,
I just.. Okay, I just wanted to say the reason this episode was able to function in a somewhat narratively sound way was that it was a story told in the context of the Powerpuff girls. What I mean is, the Villain character is a ridiculous representation of “feminism” in that she is so utterly the dangerous nonsensical man hating Straw Feminist trope, that obviously her methods and ultimate goal are going to be suspect and illogical.
But at the same time, despite her character speaking truths that sour the girls, she isn’t the real villain of the story. In a lot of ways, the powerpuff girls become the villains, in that their new discontent with gender inequalities causes them to go beyond simply refusing to do things and being “mean”. They don’t hurt feelings, they legitimate threaten and bully and are lax in their duties (to save the city) putting others in harms way because they are mad — so in the end, when given the speech by the two other, “more reasonable” women on the show, and their final message of equality on all things where FF is shown to be a hypocrite and a joke, well it is a speech that seems applicable.
And it is. On the Powerpuff Girls. Because in the context of this show, these girls are literal super heroes who live in an idealistic — often simple, and strange — city, with strength and abilities that make their behavior actually dangerous. They bully their dear sweet Father who cowers before them, the dopey yet lovable mayor, a boy on the school yard. They are obviously over reacting, right? It certainly seems this way, when super humans turn physically cruel to the poor men in their lives who are shown by the script as harmless and in no way at fault, and when their anger has the very serious consequence of putting the city in danger because in this cartoon world, they have that sort of power.
Which is why I just.. well, I don’t agree with the crux of this post? Obviously vindictive, vitriolic misandry is an unlikely way to find resolution with misogyny. But I really wish that a show that is usually pretty awesome for young girls wouldn’t straight up frame it as being exactly the same thing? Because y’know, despite a smattering of cases, the most harm to come out of real world misandry is hurt feelings and bitterness; whereas, time and again real world misogyny leads to real acts of violence, sexual violence, death, unsafe environments (not to mention the inherent issues of living in a cultural context where the systems of law are still, in many ways, stacked against women. See healthcare/reproductive care, consistent violence and oppression of trans individuals for moving outside of preconceived norms and the lack of recourse or action taken against this, the wage gap, the violence of the pornography industry, comodification of female parts etc etc etc). And yes, we should try to be respectful of each other, and the best way to solve problems is to try to find common ground. But telling young girls not to be angry over injustice, to be respectful and accommodating in the face of wrongs or in the face of oppression or in the face of violence or invalidation. I have a problem with that.
To construct a laughable Straw Feminist, and then have two other “less angry, more reasonable, somehow more respectable?” women take these young girls aside and tell them, calm down girls you’re making people uncomfortable and your feelings are going to ruin it for the rest of us.
Wow. No wonder it fell on deaf ears.
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I went to the Renaissance faire dressed as a warrior. I had a real sword with me, too. I was standing (in character) next to a sword-fighting ring, where kids of all ages got the chance to pick up a sword and challenge the champion. Some woman walks by, with her little girl. The girl starts walking towards the ring, saying she wants to fight. But the mom pulled her away hella sharply, and was like, “That’s for boys.” You don’t want to be a BOY, do you?” And the girl looked around and saw me. I think she thought I was a boy; I had my hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a hood. So she comes up to me and asks me, “Do you think girls can be fighters, too?” And her mom looks like she’s silently gloating. Like she thinks I’m going to say no. So I take off my hood, untie my hair so that it flows freely, and kneel before her. And I’m like, “Milady, anyone can be a fighter.” I swear, the look on that mother’s face made my day.
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When I worked at a non-profit that handled suicide prevention, I had access to the donation records. Each month, a specific man donated 15$ to our organization. It was like clockwork.. same day, same man, he had been doing this for over 4 years. It always seemed odd to me but I never questioned it… until I saw a note attached one month. "For Noah- Dad"
his donation was once his child’s allowance.
I can promise you, they would miss you for the rest of their lives.
This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more.
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.
I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for?
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.
Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson.
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.
And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!
haha! have fun at highschool today NERDS. i’m gonna be doing cool ADULT stuff like sleeping WHENEVER i want and CRYING