I want to feel pretty

I want to feel pretty. 

In a world where the ‘word’ pretty only belongs to those with fair skin, thin body, and shiny hair. And the rest should not claim that word. 

I want to feel safe.

In a world that sees women as an object. 

That tells us over and over again that we should be ashamed and feel sinful of how we chose to dress or how we speak. 

I want to be mad. 

In a world that it’s ‘normal’ when men only respect women who fulfill their beauty standard. And that they allowed disrespecting the one who they think doesn’t with constant bullying. That I should not even complain about it because ‘boys will always be boys’ and women should understand.

I want to feel confident 

in a world where constantly judging your choice to be different and having your own value and opinions. 

I want beauty standards to crash and collide.

Because women have been taught and oppressed for so long that beauty is only about outer looks and nothing to do with kindness, confidence, strength, intelligence, and independence. 

I want all women to know that they’re free to feel pretty, and cute, and sexy and safe, and smart, and empowered, and allowed to have opinions in a world where we are taught to look, speak and behave in a certain way to earn respect. I want them to know that they are loved and respected.

And allowed to define their own meaning of beauty.


Published by Angky Ridayana

A sun seeker and a story teller.

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