We all know pop culture doesn’t always depict average people’s lives or inner thoughts realistically. Unless Pink or Alanis Morrisette have new music out, mainstream pop music doesn’t much reflect the realities of my life. No matter how catchy a song like “Problem” or “Fancy” might be, they are pure sonic sugar. So, when I first saw the music video for Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass,” it was exciting: not only were her retro outfits totally cute, but her song was straight up body-positive. Trainor sings about accepting and loving her curves, not being a size two and realizing the images she sees in magazines have been Photoshopped and aren’t real. As a curvy lady — hips, boobs, butt, all of it — this was exciting to hear in one of summer’s top pop songs.
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Presidential lip dubs: they just never get old. Here’s President Obama dubbing one of the songs of summer — “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. But wait: does this mean the president actually said “bitch” in a speech? [Flavorwire]
I’m a fan of Miley Cyrus’ most recent hip-hop influenced album. I think it’s fun and silly and clever and while Miley’s attempts at rapping are fairly laughable, her singing voice is still on point. Besides, I admire the don’t give a fuck boldness of chucking your entire brand in the trash and trying something completely different, when the risk of failing miserably is so high. I think it’s cool that she experiments with her clothes and hair, especially when it goes against the typical pop standards for beauty, and I’m down with any woman who wants to talk publicly about the awesomeness of masturbation and feminism. Keep reading »
Who is ready to cry (and also FEEL OLD)? Here is the video for the song “Promise” off Tori Amos’ new album, Unrepentant Geraldines. This song is extra-beautiful because she duets with her 13-year-old daughter Natashya Lorien, who has a stunningly gorgeous voice of her own. Mother and daughter sing about promising to always being there for each other and never being alone. I won’t pretend I didn’t tear up (and then wonder how I didn’t know Tori had a kid!).
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »