Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Not a pretty girl


@kellyhogaboom sends me the best links.

When I wrote about some random woman at my high school graduation shaming me for the size of my thighs, a lot of women chimed in with similar stories--criticism of youthful appearance by adults who should have known better, who should have been nurturing and not warping.

That stuff stays with you, I think, especially for women, because society tries to make "pretty" our currency. I know I can remember everything about the moment our neighbor, Mrs. Kaminsky, pronounced that my younger sister would be "the pretty one" and I "the smart one."


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