I DON'T OWE YOU PRETTY

  1. It always starts the same.
  2. "You'd be prettier if you smiled," the shitty smile demanding stranger says.
  3. Why do you get to define pretty for me?
  4. "Why don't you smile," he continues.
  5. Why should I smile?
  6. You're the one who sees it.
  7. You're the one who benefits from it.
  8. You're the one who has no genuine worry about my level of happiness.
  9. I put my head down and keep moving.
  10. "All I said was you'd be prettier, bitch" he shouts from many feet away.
  11. I don't owe you pretty
  12. Just because I check the box marked female.