“‘Perhaps if you looked more cheerful,’ Mam would say helplessly after a space of glumly regarding me. But I had seen my sisters going about smiling at nothing and tossing their hair. It was grotesque; I would have none of it. I was an unhappy pudding and I would not pretend otherwise.”
~Margo Lanagan, The Brides of Rollrock Island
I think I am going to print this out on business cards and hand it to penises who feel the need to tell me to smile.