“Shape of You” is Not Sexist


Now while “Shape of You” is definitely not one of my favorite songs of his, I don’t appreciate how others are trying to imply Ed is sexist for writing a song about how he is attracted to a woman’s body.  I remember last year when Divide first came out, people were praising the song because it didn’t specify what the woman looked like and it never body shamed the woman or others by saying how her body is more attractive than other women’s bodies.  The woman’s body wasn’t fetishized and no inappropriate comments were made about her.   The song was also praised because the dynamic between the singer and the woman was shown to be equal where both had the same amount of control in the bedroom.

The singer says…

“Girl, you know I want your love
Your love was handmade for somebody like me
Come on now, follow my lead
I may be crazy, don’t mind me”

And then the woman says…

“Say, boy, let’s not talk too much
Grab on my waist and put that body on me
Come on now, follow my lead
Come, come on now, follow my lead

“Shape of You” is about two people who develop a sexual attraction for each other and are equal partners in a sexual relationship, where they both discover new things about themselves and their lover.