“Well, that’s why you’re by yourself”

Today, I was walking down Commercial Drive, heading home after having dinner with a friend. A group of men were hanging out outside of a sports bar. One of them ordered me to smile. Now, anyone who knows me well knows that ordering me to smile is a surefire way to annoy me. So I turned and looked at the man.

“Why?” I asked.

“Why not?” He replied.

“It’s my business what I choose to do with my face,” I said, in a calm but firm voice. Then I turned and kept walking.

“Well, that’s why you’re by yourself,” he yelled after me. I gave him the finger without turning around. I am amazed that some men feel so free to comment on a woman’s facial expression and apparent relationship status.

– Margaret

Location: Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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One Response to “Well, that’s why you’re by yourself”

  1. Jennifer Rice says:

    Yeah, that’s an old one! Usually it goes something like, “That’s why you’re single/alone, because you’re such a b*tch.” The irony is that when I meet a guy like that, I find myself being a lot more grateful for the times when I’m single. Having high standards for future male partners is a good thing!

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