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Song Lyrics Support #NoFilter and Positive Body Image—Or Do They?

Song lyrics pointing out the alteration of photographic images rank right at the top of the charts for those who care about positive body image and the #NoFilter movement. Being proud of natural beauty and shape is an important message to share, so why not via music? Take a look at a couple of lines from the song “It’s All About That Bass”, co-written by Meghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish. Forgive the authors’ poetic license as far as grammar and expletives go! “I see the magazine workin’ that Photoshop, we know that s*** ain’t real.” “You know I won’t be no stick figure silicone Barbie doll, so if that’s what you’re into then go ahead and move along.” Real women and girls aren’t Barbies. Learning to filter out advertising and peer pressure on this point is important, and it can be a life saver. Eating disorders aren’t merely problematic—the effects can be life-threatening. On the face of it, “It’s All About That Bass” is a pretty good theme song for positive body image.

Digging Deeper Beneath Positive Body Image Lyricsf

The initial positive body image message found in these lyrics boomeranged back among those interested in fostering a healthy body image. Many young women shared that this song still doesn’t make it clear that having a positive body image means acceptance not just of shape, but all aspects of self that make up each person. Positive body image means there isn’t a We verus They disparity or conflict. Unfortunately, many people feel that the lyrics from this song magnify the divide, making the battle about curvy versus size 0. “Yeah, my momma she told me don't worry about your size.” Parents are important instruments when fostering positive body image in their children. But what if the message gets confusing, and it isn’t made clear that body image acceptance is deserved by everyone? The #NoFilter movement is intended to stop artificial rules and regulations about beauty reflected in advertising and social thought. Do you think that “It’s All About That Base” supports the movement? Or do the words place a different kind of strain on positive body image? Are song lyrics powerful enough to affect body image? Share your thoughts and comments on this!