Seeing that her words had no effect on me, Makayla pouted a little and withdrew, no longer intent on making me smile.
I mean, she'll probably see it again -- I'm not a statue made of stone. However, there is a childish, rebelious fnature in me that comes out whenever people ask the littlest things of me, so of course I won't smile if you ask me to.
Regrettably to many of my family, I am sure, this meant that any photo with myself involved only features my emotionless, no-nonsense face.
I'm still handsome, nevertheless.
Thinking about it, there are a lot of those who are raised as girls who are uncomfortable with their own smiles. Often, you see a girl who laughs with a hand over her mouth, or speaks with her mouth covered. I remember watching a classmate blur out her own face on her photos for a social platform, despite nothing being wrong with it. Well, actually, I wouldn't know -- I'm not good at judging the beauty of people who are not myself.
But why is that? It can't be due to that trend of objectification that women are always placed under, can it? What's more, smiles are often associated with beauty and are demanded of them...
This in itself is unpleasant, but still. Why are girls grown to be ashamed of their smiles?