I don't fit the preconceived notions of what is considered attractive for a female. I don't wear makeup (and I can't), I have short hair (a crime against all that is feminine, in this culture which worships long hair), and I dress in clothes that don't show off my so-called body (gasp! I should be burned at the stake, I'm not prancing around in two pieces of cloth held together by a string!). The biggest crime of all is, that I'm intelligent, and I don't try to hide it. When I open my mouth, out come the $50 and higher words. Out come the educated opinions. And, God forbid, out comes the odd, often sarcastic, sense of humor. Oh, I should be so ashamed...I try to be myself. Really, I should have been locked away a long time ago... So, by societal and personal standards, I'm considered unattractive. I could almost be comfortable with this notion, except for one little problem. I actually want a relationship with a member of the opposite sex. And none of them will have me, because I don't wear anything from Victoria's Secret, and I don't have a false hair color, and I don't pretend to be dumb. So, what am I supposed to do? Bend a little, and tart myself up just enough to turn a man's head? But if I do that, how much do I have to give in? And, by giving in, am I really staying true to my values? Or, do I just continue as I am, and hope that some enlightened male will come across my path, and like what he sees?