smile


smile
they say
as you pass
smile
strangers talking
smile
women must
look pretty
smile
play nice
be nice
smile
more makeup
less makeup
smile
revealing clothing?
whore.
smile
showing less skin?
prude.
smile.
don’t want to.
doesn’t matter.
smile
i won’t.
smile
i never
smile
because
you say
Smile.

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I got tired of people telling me women were supposed to smile and look pretty and fit all of society's demands while balancing on the narrow pedestal we are given and expected to work with... and this happened.