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I can’t even describe this. Amazing.

You all know what a firm believer I am in the written word. I mean, if I thought writing was pointless, what the heck would I be doing running a blog? I have reviewed a lot of different things in my time, but sometimes, I stumble upon something that even when I rack my brain as hard as possible to find words that could even begin to describe the experience, nothing comes up that can even come close to summarizing my feelings on the subject. An experience that you need to see to believe. A moment in time when I am so immersed in whatever I am taking in at the moment, it’s hard to believe I ever doubted the world.
To make a long story short, every once in a while, I have an experience that simply strengthens my belief in God.
So, without further ado, Maisie stops talking and we all take a moment to listen to the musical stylings of 16-year-old Bryana Salaz, who is everything I described above and more.

The links below lead to Bry’s youtube videos.

The link to Bryana’s first channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwvnC2ewkyO4K4CihnW8RQA

The link to Bryana’s second channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCATxMOMTEBpnVqbQCBAjqtg


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Duped by a catchy pop anthem

Upon listening to supposed feminist pop-anthem “All About That Bass,” I thought that the singer-songwriter of the song—20-year-old Nantucket native Meghan Trainor—was the next Einstein. I mean, what kind of feminist would I be if I didn’t like a song that proclaims, “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top”?

But then, I did a Google search for the song’s lyrics to analyze and accidentally stumbled upon an article on Slate by L.V. Anderson called “Meghan Trainor’s New Song Is Just as Anti-Feminist as ‘All About That Bass.’” I was prepared to totally disagree with Anderson but, as a writer, it’s good to get other people’s perspectives on controversial topics like this, so I proceeded to read on.

I have to admit the author’s perspective made sense to me. It was this quote in particular that got me: “Trainor assures the adolescent girls who are presumably her target audience, ‘Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,’ but her support for this claim is that ‘boys like a little more booty’—perfection apparently depends on male approval. Despite the girl-power packaging, ‘All About That Bass’ reinforces the idea that female bodies exist for men’s pleasure, and that being desired by a man is crucial to a woman’s self-worth. It says it’s all about that bass, but it seems it’s really all about the boys.”

Huh. After reading that, I definitely had second thoughts about this supposedly revolutionary song.

The truth is Meghan Trainor sandwiches statements about how a woman’s self-worth depends entirely on a man’s perspective between girl-power, “you’re-beautiful-no-matter-what” lyrics. She also disses girls who are naturally skinny with derogatory comments such as “skinny [censored]” and “stick figure silicone Barbie doll.” Just because skinny people are often considered more pretty than people who weigh a bit more doesn’t mean that overweight people should be considered beautiful and skinny people should be considered ugly! If somebody is happy, healthy, and genuinely kind and caring towards others, their weight doesn’t matter. In the words of “Fat Amy” from the movie “Pitch Perfect,” “You all have fat hearts, and that’s what matters.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

So even though I can’t help but love the song’s peppy 60’s “Hairspray”-type vibe, I just can’t appreciate the song like I used to when it comes on the radio. It will be amazing when songs don’t have lyrics in which a woman’s beauty depends entirely on a man’s perspective.


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Modern Music Strikes Again: Anaconda

Once again, the American popular music industry has crafted a piece of “music” that is so offensive, one can taste the misogyny of the song from the first notes. This song is so bad that if Beethoven were alive, he would pour the contents of his chamber pot on whoever wrote this song. This slimy, slithering, disgusting piece of work is none other than “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj. I call it “Wiggle: The Sequel” because the messages of both “Anaconda” and “Wiggle” (by Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Something) are pretty much exactly the same: the only thing that matters about a woman is the size of her butt. I mean, just look at the lyrics to both song and you’ll believe me when I say that their songwriters are collaborating or something.

Anaconda:

My anaconda don’t

My anaconda don’t

My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hon

Oh my gosh, look at her butt

Oh my gosh, look at her butt

Oh my gosh, look at her butt

Look at her butt (look at her butt)

Wiggle:

Hot damn it, ooh

Your booty like two planets ooh

Go head, and go ham sandwich

Woah

I can’t stand it

Cause You know what to do with that big fat butt

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

Just a little bittle

You see that? THAT is what America’s youth are being exposed to these days. President Obama, if you’re reading this right now, you should be concerned for America’s future.

Please excuse the commercial interruption. This is just some friendly advice to everyone reading this: THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN THE SIZE OF A WOMAN’S REAR END, LIKE, OH, I DON’T KNOW, THE SIZE OF A WOMAN’S BRAIN!!!!!! (Or the size of her heart, that’s important too).

This has been a PSA. Thank you. Maisie out.