October 28, 2014

Joely Mitchell

I couldn’t believe my ears when I first heard Nicki Minaj’s new song, Anaconda.

In 4 minutes and 50 seconds the song leaves little to the imagination whilst embracing one body size and shaming the other.

If you haven’t already heard the song, have a guess what the following lyrics imply.

My anaconda don’t My anaconda don’t My anaconda don’t want none unless you got big buns, hun

Fuck those skinny bitches

I think we’re all capable of reading between the lines. What we’re being told is that if you don’t have a big butt, nobody is going to want to have sex with you.

I have so many issues with all of the above.


For starters, putting other people down in order to feel better about yourself is an unhealthy way to feel beautiful in your own skin.

I’m glad that Minaj has body confidence and is standing up for beauty ideals in Afro-American cultures. I think that changing perceptions mean that one culture’s standards of beauty are no longer a form of oppression for another.

I think that Minaj would have been better off saying fuck those cultural standards than slamming skinny bitches.

There’s no justification in shaming one body size to promote another. It’s as demeaning to say fuck those skinny bitches as it would be to say fuck those fat bitches.

Imagine the uproar!

Skinny people are not immune to negative comments. How can we allow someone as popular and prominent as Minaj to say that one body type is better, or sexier than another?

Body normality is slowly becoming redundant. The girl on the front cover of this month’s Vogue no longer sets the standards for what females should look like.

Anaconda encourages attitudes that set our transition into this sort of a society ten steps backwards.

The song had a lot of potential to be an all-embracing, positive body image anthem…

All it needed was a lot more of this:

He can tell I’m not missing any meals

And a lot less of this:

Say he don’t like ‘em boney, he wants something he can grab

Have a read of fellow T4Y writer, Sammi Taylor’s article about how Meghan Trainor’s song, All About That Bass also disses skinny bitches.

Despite what Minaj might think, you are not a bitch just because you’re skinny. You’re just as beautiful and sexy as all of your fellow females.

Moving on to the second disaster of Anaconda, when did sexuality become the be all and end all?

My anaconda don’t want none unless you got big buns, hun

Sorry what?

We’re in the 21st century, women no longer revolve their lives around pleasing men.

If your anaconda isn’t satisfied with a beautiful, intelligent girl, then you and your anaconda can move right along.

Females look after their appearance for one person: themselves.

– Joely Mitchell

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