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There came a little brown sparrow and perched on a branch outside the open window where the cage hung. "I am sorry to see you caged," said the sparrow. "I wish you could be free."
"Oh but I am free," said the canary.
"You are?" said the sparrow, eyeing the cage door suspiciously. "Then why do you stay?"
"Poor, ignorant sparrow!" said the canary, her feathers a little ruffled. "Don't you know they feed me and tell me how beautiful I am and praise me when I sing for them?"
Much saddened to hear this, the little sparrow flew away."
Naomi Wolfe on The Beauty Myth
"Beauty is no longer an aesthetic issue, it is a political issue."
- Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759 - 1797.
How long before we get this?
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Amy Macdonald with one of her most popular songs ever, "This Pretty Face" live from The Royal Albert Hall