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to the leering men screaming catcalls from their coughing cars,
to the stranger in the grocery store who grabbed my ass
and told me to take it as a compliment,
to the teenage boys with bad facial hair and damp palms
who sit at their computers in their cum-stained sweatpants
and tell me all the things i owe them:

i do not owe you "pretty."

when i have days of baggy t-shirts and no makeup,
pony tails and ragged nails and untied tennis shoes,
i do not dress for you.

and when i rock winged eyeliner and flashing red lipstick,
when my hair cascades in golden curls over my clean, white shoulders,
i do not dress for you.

i pluck my eyebrows because i like the fierce angle they make in my mirror,
wear spiked heels for their commanding click on tile floors,
smear red lipstick over my secretive smile because it tastes like
blood and confidence-
i do not dress for you.

i do not owe you "pretty."
i owe myself confidence
i owe myself comfort
i owe myself pride
i owe myself the knowledge that i am composed of the same atoms that make
lionesses and thunderstorms,
that the iron in my blood was born from the death of a star--
i am pretty because pretty entertains me,
and i do not owe you anything.
feminist slam poetry? i guess? yeah <3
read it out loud

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:iconjejhorselady:
Jejhorselady Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
you have one of the best attitude I've heard in a while! stay Fierce!
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ArAsius Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful poem
i felt the defiance all over me
i do agree with you
dress for yourself
be yourself

thank you for this poem
have a great day!
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914four Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! I approve. 
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:icontheadequategatsby:
TheAdequateGatsby Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thank you!
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rookandivy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Writer
Great!
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:icontheadequategatsby:
TheAdequateGatsby Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thank you! <3
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Echolalic-Ellie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This should not be in scraps. Stunning. Clap 
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TheAdequateGatsby Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
haha, thank you :heart:
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:iconecholalic-ellie:
Echolalic-Ellie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :heart:
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LoveDoesNotExist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hell yeah
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