So, This Hailee Steinfeld Song Is About Masturbating, Right?

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Songs about masturbation are nothing new. (Green Day's "Longview" and The Dresden Dolls' "Coin-Operated Boy" are just a couple that come to mind.) Songs from beautiful pop stars urging listeners to find the value in loving themselves are also familiar territory. (We're looking at you, Katy Perry's "Firework" and Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful.") But when the two types of anthems, ahem, come together, a tune of a different order is born. Cyndi Lauper, she of "She Bop" and "True Colors" fame, is a prime example of an artist whose songs sometimes did just that. Now, actress-singer Hailee Steinfeld is joining the elite club with her catchy new single "Love Myself," which is about, well, pretty much exactly what it says it is. Sure, you could argue that the Pitch Perfect 2 star crooning, "Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else," is purely an expression of self-empowerment. But, let's be honest — this song is about that other kind of self-love. (Which is also totally empowering in and of itself.) If you have any lingering doubts as to what Steinfeld's chart-climbing tune is actually referring to, here are a few key lyrics that really bring the argument home: "Can't help myself, no, I don't need anybody else / Anytime, day or night." (Now, what's an activity that we all know full well is fun 24 hours a day?) "I'm gonna put my body first / And love me so hard 'til it hurts / I know how to scream out the words." (Wait, do people really scream while they're performing solo? You know what, to each their own. Carry on.) "I'll take it nice and slow / Feeling good on my own without you, yeah / Got me speaking in tongues / The beautiful, it comes without you, yeah." (If you're gonna do it, might as well do it right.) Not much room for interpretation here, other than our belief that Hailee Steinfeld is a totally empowered young lady touching on (sorry) something women are often discouraged from talking about, let alone singing about. Listen to the full audio here, and decide for yourself. (Even though this song is 100% about masturbation. Right? Right!).

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