Sexism is Hard to Explain
Kel Campbell

I totally get your point, Kel Campbell, about having to change your behavior for the guy who’s making an awkward show of his niceness when in fact his move is designed 1) to force you to notice him, and 2) to bend your will to his, and in this way show you what an awesome great person he is. He’s the second cousin of the guy who sees a woman he doesn’t know and she happens to be frowning (or not smiling), so he decides he’ll cheer her up by telling her to “Smile.”

This is always the wrong choice, even if it’s your wife or a friend. No one wants to be told what to do during the essentially nonexistent social transaction of walking past a person who has determined that he knows you better than you know yourself, and who finds it super-important to let you know that, when he’s around, he’s going to need you to look and act happy! Otherwise he might start to feel down about things, and then you’ve got an unhappy fucking caveman on your hands, one who may just decide to bash in your head. So, chin up, Kel, a little happy excitement next time he’s in your vicinity, mmm-kay?

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