A Legitimate Complaint (Not About That Bass)

I am so tired of the hypocritical voices

Which pour out from my car's speakers.

So here I stand in the city's center. Hear me!

I have a legitimate complaint!


I would like to speak to the size two's in the room:

Because I live in the real world, I know that you are not, 

In fact, photoshop. That's right, folks,

They do exist, in quite surprising quantities.


Next I would like to address those of us who have not,

For various reasons, "Shake it, shake it"-ed, although I hear tell

That's what we're supposed to do. Ladies, take heart!

I want to assure you, we have no obligation to "shake it, shake it," unless we want to.


I would also like to point out that a mother's way of assuring her child

Should probably not involve conversation of what boys like to hold at night.

I want you to know that the best way to feel beautiful,

Is to base the feeling on your own self, and not on boys.


Shame on Pop Culture!

Shame on those who tell we females,

That we are only attractive if men approve of our body shape.



Shame on Pop Culture!

Shame on those who shame women who are skinny rather than curvy

And those who, to improve their self-esteem, must tear others' down.




If you have not picked up my subtle hints by now, this (poor example of) free verse was inspired by a pop song that came out recently and is thrown around like it is THE MASTER EXAMPLE of positive body-image. Now, I am a huge supporter of positive body-image, but I do not think the proper way to go about this is to shame other people's bodies.

Dear reader, I do not wish to offend you, but to make you think. If you find yourself horribly offended, please look up the lyrics to the song in question and consider them for a while. If your mind is not changed, please feel free to fill out a feedback survey before you leave.



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