You Don't Have to Be Pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked "female".This fantastic quote comes from Erin McKean, the fabulously crafty and smart seamstress and blogger over at A Dress A Day, in a great post about the concept of prettiness. Go read it now!