As an avid reader, there is something I have found
That continues to bother me, in a way quite profound-
The female lead in nearly every story
Is a beautiful woman, no matter who she might be
She might have qualities in every realm, but still
She is usually portrayed as having looks that can kill
What, I wonder, compels writers to create
A character to whom not many of us can relate?
Maybe when stories people conjure
Beauty has an irresistible allure
And for the qualities of a female protagonist
Beauty appears to top the list
A female version of Quasimodo
Does not exist as far as I know
Even when her other virtues are celebrated
Physical beauty remains a quality elevated
Is it a natural instinct for humans to mold
Women as characters whose beauty can be extolled?
Or is it the influence of social conditioning deep-seated
That beauty as a norm is endlessly repeated?
There are many ways in which beauty can be defined
For me, I celebrate the beauty of a woman’s mind..
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