If you’re female, I can guarantee you’ve been told to smile by a complete stranger while you’re walking down the street, in the supermarket, having a daydream or doing anything else while trying to mind your own business.
I really struggle to see why a man feels like he can command you to smile. It almost as if he thinks you’re in a bad mood and need cheering up, so telling you to smile will make you happy? Erm, no.
People don’t walk around with a grin on their face, that would be weird. It’s perfectly normal to have a neutral look on your face while you are going about your day.
I’m kind of getting fed up with men telling me to smile. It’s patronising and puts me in a dreadful mood.
When I’m told to smile, I feel like I have two choices. One is to smile – but then I feel like I’ve given in to this absurd request. The second is to just glare at them with my best ‘wtf’ face – but then I feel like they’re going to think I’m even more grumpier than they did before they saw my face and thought I needed to smile.
You just can’t win, can you? That’s what makes it so infuriating.
Has anyone else come up with a better response this because I would like to use it, please?