Trainor started off on a high note, making girls everywhere shake their hips and sass along to "All About That Bass." It was the perfect girl power song with the ultimate message about self image. We thought that if she could make it past being a one-hit wonder, we might even have a new role model on our hands. Sadly, the lyrics to her track, "Dear Future Husband," are counterintuitive to her first message. It starts off wrong in the first verse and never gets better.
"And don't forget the flowers every anniversary
'Cause if you'll treat me right
I'll be the perfect wife
Buy-buying what you need."
Since when does being the "perfect" wife equate to buying groceries? She may go on to state how she's independent, has her own job and that he shouldn't expect a never-ending flow of desserts pouring from their oven. But we're still a little chagrined over the idea that 1. The key to being a good husband is remembering to buy flowers for anniversaries, and 2. The way to be a good wife is to be the shopper. Grocery shopping sucks! Why do we have to be the ones to do it?
"Dear future husband,
Make time for me
Don't leave me lonely
And know we'll never see your family more than mine
I'll be sleeping on the left side of the bed (hey)
Open doors for me and you may get some kisses."
So much is wrong with this. Trainor might simply be implying that she doesn't want a dude who never makes special time for her, but this just comes off as needy and like she wants to occupy all his time. We also don't like the implied scenario that when a girl isn't with her man, she's automatically lonely. We're actually capable of having a good time without our dudes. Seriously. And, yes, we love a polite guy to open doors for us. However, we're not going to withhold physical contact just because he's not the knight-in-shining-armor type. Because...
"If you wanna get that special lovin'
Tell me I'm beautiful each and every night."
"After every fight
And maybe then I'll let you try and rock my body right."
There is nothing more annoying for a guy or for a rational girl than some chick refusing to have sex just because her boyfriend wasn't perfect enough that day. It creates this stigma that only guys have any sort of sex drive and that we're around simply to offer ourselves to them when they act like good guys. We can't speak for all women, but it's safe to say that most women also enjoy sex. Holding out simply because your guy didn't make you feel like a unique little snowflake that day or because he didn't let you win an argument isn't just "hurting" him... it's hurting yourself. Grow up. Argue it out until you come to a real conclusion and learn to see your own beauty instead of relying on some idiot to offer up a compliment.
Trainor's voice is unique and we enjoy her musical style. However, "Dear Future Husband" harkens back to the "Love Story" days of Taylor Swift and we still think that delivers the wrong message to girls. You don't need a knight to save you or a man's compliments to make you truly beautiful. Women are their own gorgeous, strong, sexual beings. This kind of song suggests otherwise, though, and we're not down with that logic.
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