Tuesday, 27 September 2016
I smile when I choose, not you
"Smile, babe, it might never happen"
"Oi, oi, darling, smile"
"Smile, Sweetheart, you look pretty when you smile"
Women, how many TIMES have we heard these comments? Had them thrown at us from car windows, in the street, or by work colleagues?
I have heard them so many times and yet the words still PISS ME OFF.
WHY SHOULD I SMILE? WHY SHOULD I SMILE FOR YOUR PLEASURE?
What if I am sad? What if I just don't want to smile? Perhaps the situation in Aleppo is breaking my heart and I feel helpless and sad about the situation of the world in which we live? But you know, I should REALLY be concerned about making myself look pretty for some DICK that is worried that I am spoiling the view.
Last night was the US Presidential debate and all across social media, there are comments and debates on Hillary Clinton's smile. She smiles too much, it's a fake smile, her smile doesn't reach her eyes, her smile is too wide. OH JUST STOP IT.
This is a presidential debate, not a fucking pageant or a dental convention. Hillary Clinton and ALL WOMEN are more than just an aesthetic for men to look at. MORE THAN JUST A SMILE.
When I choose to smile, it is my choice, I smile because something has made me happy, made me laugh or amused me. I, and other women like me, do NOT OWE YOU SHIT.
We own our own bodies, our own faces and our own smiles.
and that thought, makes me smile.
Wouldn't you agree?
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