How We Would Look Much Prettier #1LinerWeds

I was raised by strong women in the West End of Louisville, and we don’t take shit offa nobody.

So, when I was a young executive secretary, and one of the bosses said to me, “You know, you’d be much prettier if you wore a little makeup,” I replied:

And I think your beard needs a trim, but I wasn’t going to mention it.

Perhaps fortunately for me, he thought that was funny. But he never made personal remarks to me after that.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: If you’re a writer, how does (or would) your main character handle personal remarks? If you’re not a writer, how do (or would) you?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “How We Would Look Much Prettier #1LinerWeds

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    March 3, 2021 at 7:02am

    She says, “Good night, then.” And keeps on walking.

    Never let them see you hurt.

    It is a key turning point in NETHERWORLD.

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      Marian Allen

      March 3, 2021 at 8:52am

      He didn’t hurt me. To his credit, he didn’t intend to hurt me, he only assumed I gave a rat’s ass what he thought of my looks and wanted to give me some friendly advice. It pissed me off a little, but men’s personal opinions of my appearance only matter to me if I’m flirting with them (and then only insofar as I’m going to succeed or fail), and I wasn’t flirting with him.

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  2. Holly Jahangiri

    March 3, 2021 at 7:05am

    They never expect you to talk back and stand up for yourself. 9 times out of 10, they’ll grant a touché. That remaining one will turn mean and vindictive; that’s when you need allies, male and female. But give them the EXPECTED – flattery, acquiescence, tears, or outrage? They win, you lose, and so does every other woman they come in contact with.

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      Marian Allen

      March 3, 2021 at 8:53am

      Absolutely. That’s why I want to cheer at the climax of Labyrinth, every time, when Jennifer Connelly says, “You have no power over me.”

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      • Holly Jahangiri

        March 3, 2021 at 9:05am

        Yes! It’s hard for many, I think. That’s why the rest of us have to help them find their voices – or speak up for them.

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  3. joey

    March 5, 2021 at 7:49pm

    Oh boy. As if.
    I’d look a lot better if they let me roll in at 10 or actually leave at 5 😉 My female boss has made only nice comments about my appearance and my male boss has never said a word, as is appropriate!

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      Marian Allen

      March 6, 2021 at 8:21am

      Back in the day, when NOW was just getting started, it was considered appropriate for men to instruct women on how to appeal to them. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

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      • joey

        March 6, 2021 at 10:03am

        It would be if I hadn’t seen the ads, pamphlets, and articles of the time. 🙁

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