Meghan Trainor’s new single, “NO,” is an inspiration to women and feminists everywhere. The idea that a woman has the right to say NO to a man who is hassling her in a club, bar, party, or really, wherever, is highly revolutionary, regardless of how simple it may seem, and the more that it is normalized, the better. Meghan Trainor’s music has always been focused in promoting feminist ideas. She has always been a proponent for women being able to be who they are and be free to do what they want, even when it resists society’s expectations of women, but this song is an anthem to women who walk in bars only to be swarmed with unwanted male attention.
This song is straight-up about consent and the sexual harassment that women experience. It encourages women to say no when they mean it. “All my ladies listen up/If that boy ain’t giving up/Lick your lips and swing your hips/Girl all you gotta say is…/My name is no/My sign is no/My number is no/You need to let it go,” says it all in an empowering way that encourages women to take control of their own sexuality.
The video is all girl power. Danger: High Voltage. Images of sexy women covered in fishnets that contain in themselves the ability to say no to any man. Sweet 90s inspired Brittney Spears dance routines. Okay, that last one might just be because this song is a legitimate 90s throw-back. It definitely reminds one of the days of Brittney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and TLC. Not just because of its girl power content, but also because of its beat and sound. It sounds a little bit hip hop, a nice change of pace from her doo wop sounds from “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Moving,” from her last album Title.
We are looking forward to seeing how Trainor incorporates these new sounds into her upcoming album Thank You, which comes out May of this year. And, of course, we look forward to more of her girl power.