ajaya-eve-eden-evening asked: Why shouldn't a woman be asked to smile? This is a very real question. Does it come off as diminutive? Granted I'd rather make a woman genuinely smile, as opposed to asking for something free. However, I still wonder what this movement is about? "Stop telling women to smile," "I'm no wifey." It's feeling like a serious disconnect between women & men. I think that is the end of the world...women and men stop interacting all together.
Seriously tho. Why *should* she be asked to smile?
Asking a woman to smile is to make her more approachable. It’s to make you feel more comfortable - not her. I, personally, have zero fucks to give about being approachable to strange men on the street.
Women are not here to entertain and please random folks. Asking me to smile is akin to asking me to jump. Um. For what?
There’s this weird responsibility placed on women to be happy and lady-like and pleasant all of the time. It rids us of being able to express our own range of human emotions.
No one is asking for men and women to not interact with each other. That’s silly. This project is asking for women to be interacted with as if they have agency over their own bodies.
if men walked up to other men and commanded they smile, those same men who do this to women all of the time would be baffled and feel disrespected.
and they know it.