Since the 2014 breakthrough release of her insanely catchy hit "All About That Bass," Meghan Trainer has regularly split public opinion on whether her music and persona is feminist or even, empowering (is body-positivity still empowering when you're celebrating full figures but shaming smaller, "treble" ones?). Though Trainor may have once been hesistant to call herself a feminist, she's recently reasserted her position, telling UK newspaper, The Sun: "Obviously I am a feminist. My songs are women’s anthems across the board," Amen to that, and the proof can be found in her latest album; Trainor's Thank You is full of feminist lyrics.
Brimming with positivity, confidence and the swagger of a woman asserting ownership over her own space in the world, Thank You is packed full of songs in tribute to loving yourself, acceptance, independence, and love and support for other women. These are songs which reject the idea of requiring male validation and which also fight back against ideas of male entitlement. At their core, Trainor's lyrics are self-celebratory mantras, saluting all forms of beauty and encouraging that women feel entitled to adoring themselves.
Here for your empowering pleasure are 21 essential mantras from Trainor's most feminist lyrics on Thank You; be sure to scrawl the best one on your mirror in lipstick later, huh?
1. Be Fabulous, Be Flawed, Be Flawless
I ain't saying I'm the besteses / But I got nice curves, nice breasteses/ I don't erase the textes from my exeses/ All in my DMs, leaving messages — "Watch Me Do"
2. Don't Waste Time On Negativity
I'm the shh, be quiet/ I've been on a low-hater diet — "Watch Me Do"
3. Own Your Reflection, Girl
Who's that sexy thang I see over there?/ That's me, standin' in the mirror — "Me Too"
4. Be Independent
And I can't help lovin' myself/ And I don't need nobody else, nu uh — "Me Too"
5. Don't Spare His Feelings & If He Can't Take The Hint, Sashay Away
All my ladies, listen up/ If that boy ain't giving up/ Lick your lips and swing your hips/ Girl all you gotta say is... — "NO"
6. Anticipate Bad Pick Up Lines And Slay With Them
My name is no, my sign is no, my number is no/ You need to let it go — "NO"
7. The Verbal Eye-Roll
First you gonna say you ain't runnin' game/ Thinkin' I'm believing every word/ Call me beautiful, so original — "NO"
8. When Guys Ruin Your Night
Telling me I'm not like other girls/ I was in my zone before you came along — "NO"
9. Having Fun In The Club Doesn't Mean You Have To Hook Up
Thank you in advance, I don't wanna dance (nope)/ I don't need your hands all over me/ If I want a man, then I'mma get a man/ But it's never my priority — "NO"
10. Create Your Own Peace
I'm feeling... Untouchable — "NO"
11. Reject And Move On
I think it's so cute and I think it's so sweet/ How you let your friends encourage you to try and talk to me/ But let me stop you there, oh, before you speak — "NO"
12. Own Your Space And Excel
They gon' say all kinds of things/ They'll make jokes about my name/ They gon' try to clip my wings, but I'm gon fly, I'm gon' fly — "I Love Me"
13. Embrace Feeling Fresh And Free
Cause I'm sexy and it ain't my fault/ I ain't waitin' on nobody's call/ You don't want me baby, that's your loss (your loss)/ I'll be fine, I'll be fine, baby — "I Love Me"
14. Own Your Space
But I can see it clearer when I'm lookin' in the mirror/ Saying God made me just right/ I love me — "I Love Me"
15. Love Needs Equality, But You Gotta Put Yourself First
Go and raise your glass, give yourself a toast/ I love all y'all, but I love me the most — "I Love Me"
16. Never Undervalue Your Worth
I was warned but fooled by charm/ And you deserve to be alone/ And I deserve better, better than you — "Better"
17. Step Up In The Power Of A Perfect Set Of Heels
Put your favorite heels on/ Cause they make you feel strong — "Woman Up"
18. Being A Woman Is About Asserting Your Strength
All my girls raise your hand/ If you don't need a man/ Cause you're more than good enough/ You gotta woman up, woman up — "Woman Up"
19. Lead With Confidence, Ladies
When you wear your hair down/ It's like you're wearing your crown/ Wave to the crowd/ And give them all a wink cause you're fine — "Woman Up"
20. Looking Good Gives You Power
Don't forget mascara/ And to keep your head up/ Like Madonna would/ Rub her lipstick redder than wine — "Woman Up"
21. You're In Control, So Carry Your Own
Show them you can shine, glow/ Cause you got the light now/ So let's go — "Woman Up"
That's that then; our Monday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Friday night and Sunday morning empowerment playlists are officially stacked and perfect for the next month.
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