the smile works if it comes from within otherwise it is forced and contrived.
If that comment came from a stranger it’s utterly inappropriate.
And that’s probably the mildest form of street harrassment! Oh man, could I tell you stories…
Do tell. 🙂 You’ve got the blog & the creativity for it!
When speaking to my wife, I try never to agree with random douches.
The secret to a happy marriage.
My response is to smile. And flip them off.
Haha, I like it!
That comment used to drive me up a wall when I was a teenager. And it was always middle aged men that said it, too and I think that’s what made it so weird.
Yeah, super creeepy.
You’d be a lot prettier if you fucked off 😮
Ugh, that comment is the worst. When I was in my teens and more confrontational, I’d usually shoot back the weirdest/creepiest/craziest smile I could muster. Now I just ignore them.
I just got back from a trip to Lake Barkley, Kuttawa, Kentucky. Everybody there, no matter if they know you or not, smiles and waves as they pass by. I like it… it’s refreshing after being around a city full of douches the other 51 weeks.
I suppose you could’ve given the old hippie creep (that’s what he looks like…) a philosophy lesson right then and there, but the trouble with good arguments is that they take time and most people don’t actually take them seriously. They just dumbly repeat “Yeah, but [rephrase the original statement].”
Trust me on this. I make up arguments in my head all the time, imagining the offending party’s hilarious face until I realize they wouldn’t stick around to hear a 1-woman debate.
It’s true. A genuine smile is a thing of beauty and a gift to those who witness it. In my case when I get caught smiling someone always thinks I’m up to something. 😉
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