Society says you're only pretty
if you're skinny.
But don't be pretty like that:
Not in that shirt, not with that skirt.
Your skin and your shoulders might offend them.
And don't forget to smile,
for every man that says to.
Never contradict them, even if you know better.
Because, sweetie, you can never know as much,
as a man who's just as educated as you are.
That wouldn't be attractive, to come off as a know-it-all.
Not in a society that gets off on making women feel small.
That time I cut my hair off,
he told me he liked it better long,
I wish I told him I liked him better
with his mouth shut.
But instead, I acted like I was taught -
And I smiled like I was supposed to.
Now I only smile when I feel like it.
And pretty isn't a number on a scale.
I'd rather be free than pretty, anyway. .
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