Resting bitch face: for those who suffer from it, you do not need a single explanation for you are all too familiar with the daily struggles of our kind. For those who are unfamiliar, just know that you are envied. You are privileged enough to walk down the street in peace without having a fellow pedestrian say “You look so evil!” Yes, this happens quite frequently.
This post is dedicated to anyone who has ever had to prove she did not need anti-depressant pills for the simple fact that people misinterpreted her resting facial expression. We are very simple people and for some, we are the nicest folks you will ever meet. We care for small animals and babies and could never kill a fly; however, our faces say otherwise – or at least that is what I’ve been told.
There is nothing like being the happiest you can be and having someone ask “what’s wrong?”, or “are you having a good time?”, or “are you okay?” I do not know why I am always so caught off guard by their concerns – after a lifetime of explaining that you have no desire to slap someone or even worse, jump off the nearest cliff, you’d think I’d be used to it by now. NOPE! I tend to always respond with shock, [which anyone with this condition understands, will somehow translate/be interpreted as attitude] and does absolutely nothing to quell the initial concern: Madison has a problem.
So, I’ve learned to survive through life with people being pretty intimidated by me off first-glance. They assume that my resting bitch face means I tote razor blades under my tongue. This assumption could not be any further from the truth and girls living in the same predicament just wish you would understand that not everyone is going to look like a bright ray of sunshine. That does not mean we are stank, unhappy, or are even terribly bad people. In our cases, looks are very deceiving.
With that being said there are a few things that you just should not do to people with resting bitch face:
1) Make it an awkwardly public conversation in which everyone laughs about our chronic condition.
Don’t be an asshole. We are well aware of our resting bitch face – it does not need to become the running joke that brings visible enjoyment to everyone else.
2) Keep telling us to smile.
How about…NO! Our resting bitch face has nothing to do with you so stay out of it and stop drawing attention to the fact that we do not smile as frequently as the world would like us to.
3) Constantly trying to discover the reasons for our “attitude.”
First of all, we were not upset. Then, when we confirm that everything is alright – believe us. It is only a matter of time before your constant prodding will cause the resting bitch face to turn into something real.
4) Telling us we are unapproachable or mean.
Stop letting our casual faces turn you into a punk! 9 times out of 10 we really do not bite. MAN UP!
5) Thinking we are going to be extremely judgmental.
Truth of the matter is: we really don’t care enough to judge you so, you are free to make-a-fool of yourselves as much as you please.
The general public must understand that people with resting bitch face have to deal with a lot of prejudice and discrimination. Ultimately, we desire the same happiness out of life just like anyone else – it just takes a lot more for our faces to express it. So next time you encounter someone who may be suffering from resting bitch face, think of their daily struggles and get to know them first before you label them the unapproachable bitch with a bad attitude. You never know, you may get us to crack a smile – but don’t count on it.