"All About That Bass" singer, Meghan Trainor, is apparently not all about feminism.
"I don't consider myself a feminist, but I'm down for my first opportunity to say something to the world to be so meaningful," the 20-year-old, Massachusetts native told Billboard's Andrew Hampp. "If you asked me, 'What do you want to say?' it would be, 'Love yourself more.'"
While "All About That Bass" was hailed by some as the body acceptance anthem of the summer, others have criticized Trainor's lyrics, saying they encourage body love for larger bodies, but shame skinny ones. Similar to her song's approach to body acceptance, Trainor's approach to feminism is a bit misguided.
While it doesn't appear that Hampp explicitly asked Trainor if she was or wasn't a feminist, those sort of questions are worth asking public figures. HuffPost Women news editor Amanda Duberman poignantly notes: "The dialogue that surrounds the 'are you a feminist' question is far more important than whether pop culture icons actually identify as feminists. Every answer given is an opportunity to discuss and clarify the term's truest meaning, inch the movement into more neutral territory and promote a deeper understanding of its core tenets."
So, instead of jumping on Meghan Trainor for whatever her reasons are for not identifying as a feminist, let's use this moment to clarify the definition of feminism. In the wise words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, made famous by Queen B, feminism is the "social, political and economic equality of the sexes."