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.
Don’t just believe your own hype - propagate it.
There is nothing I love more than people who put themselves out there, people who know without a shadow of a doubt that what they’re doing deserves to be seen by the entire world; there is nothing that inspires me more than people who hear the term ‘self made’ and realise that they can in fact create, not only their own identity but their own destiny; nothing is more astonishing than people who know they’re gonna make it.
Just remember, you don’t always have to shout to be heard.
Los Angeles, CA
7th & Mateo St
November 15, 2013
Latest illustration: portrait of Lauryn Hill for The Book of Jezebel’s bonus entries on Medium.