You could be walking down the street, buying gum at a gas station, or frickin' RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT and that doesn't stop some dudes from feeling like they could interrupt your life and tell you how you should feel. Men asking women to smile is one of the most pervasive types of street harassment and we're sick of it. Here's 8 famous badass women (and a bonus man) with some honest, powerful reactions to throw as you grit your teeth.
1. Hillary Clinton
2 & 3. Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer
4. Samantha Bee
5. Rowan Blanchard
6. Whitney Way Thore
I just got home after a long day. Thirty minutes ago, I stopped in a gas station for some Tylenol and gum. As soon as I walked in, the clerk said, "Hey sweetheart." When I went to the counter to pay, he said, "You gotta give me a smile if you want this," and hid my gum away in his hand. "No thanks," I told him. "I'll just have the gum." He didn't ring up my gum and instead grumbled under his breath and lectured me about having a bad attitude. Interactions like this are beyond frustrating and belittling. I was not rude to this man, and I do not owe him a smile or outward display of happiness — I was exhausted and had a headache, but that doesn't even matter because I do not need to justify not smiling on demand for a stranger. Would he have held a male customer's items hostage until he smiled for him? I'm willing to bet everything I own that the answer is no.#stoptellingwomentosmile
7. Nikki Glaser
8. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Bonus: A suggestion from Larry David, woke bae.