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This is the One Question Women Ask Every Day

My last Quick Fix cartoon was about Halloween. And making faces.

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Every woman asks herself at least once a day: Am I pretty?

854c-thIt doesn’t matter if your criteria for beauty comes from your own standards or those of other people: we still want to know where we stand on the great divide. Bad hair day? Lost 2 pounds? New shoes? Shroom eyeshadow? They all factor into the equation, as we decide if we are beautiful or not. For today. (It all starts again tomorrow.)

TechInsider quoted a study of 5,500 Americans which asked about their “relationship dealbreakers.”

The top three dealbreakers for men and women were “disheveled or unclean appearance,” “lazy,” and “too needy.”

Uh oh. Who else besides me goes to the grocery store in an old t-shirt and loose pants, with hair in a ponytail? My mind is usually on food, not fashion.

However, that’s one thing we can control pretty easily: clothes and good grooming. The nice woman in the cartoon might want to try a different coat and a more modern hairstyle, to feel more comfortable in the Pretty Woman room.

Oh, all right. Me, too. Maybe next time I can lose the sneakers. And ask for the key to the Pretty Cool Ladies room.

Next up: Halloween all the way, baby. Are you afraid of dating? And how to inspire people and make dogs happy.

This is the One Question Women Ask Every Day

Donna Barstow

Cartoonist for LA Times, Parade, WSJ, Glamour, PsychCentral, Barron's, Weight Watchers, and textbooks & Chicken Soup books. Author and editor of 2 cartoon books and a Barnes & Noble calendar.

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