As someone who has repeatedly been told by men to smile, I get why this is annoying. And I smile allllllll the time. I simply do not smile on demand to appease someone else. Do whatever you want with your face. It is yours. And as long as I have been on Medium, I genuinely cannot picture ONE writer’s face on here. I am far more concerned with the content, not the smile on the person who wrote it.

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