Pop singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor has a tendency for writing stereotypical yet catchy songs. Her supposed body-positive anthem, “All About that Bass,” skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2014.
She attempts makes “curvy” girls feel confident, yet body shames “skinny b*tches.” Trainor’s song is a failed attempt to teach girls to accept themselves the way they are, however the overall message correlates with the lyric, “‘cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase/ all the right junk in all the right places.” Trainor is essentially saying that if the male population approves of your body than there is no reason to feel self conscious. This same androcentric tone is prevalent throughout her newest song, “Dear Future Husband.”
“Dear Future Husband” is just as catchy as her previous top hit. Trainor outlines her requirements for a husband by saying she needs a man to “treat her right” and she’ll reward him by being “the perfect wife” by “buying groceries/ buy-buying what you need.”
This song sets sexist standards for what a marriage between a man and a woman should consist of. She also states she will let her man “rock her body right.” Today in modern culture sex is a mutual act, not solely for the husband’s pleasure as Trainor portrays it.
Throughout this vintage style-music video, Trainor is seen scrubbing floors, baking and deciding between suitors. She infers that she expects a man to treat her like royalty, not as an equal partner. She sings, “take me on a date/ I deserve a break/ and don’t forget the flowers every anniversary/ ‘cause if you treat me right/ I’ll be the perfect wife.” Trainor goes on to say, “you gotta treat me like a lady/ even when I’m acting crazy.” By saying this she furthers the sexist stereotype that women in relationships "act crazy" and are emotionally vulnerable.
These outdated gender roles throughout this music video are absurd. It’s unbelievable that a song this politically incorrect was allowed to be produced in 2015.