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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:28 PM

'Bitchy resting face' is real (kind of). But there's hope

The concept of “bitchy resting face” may have started off as a joke, but ever since the fake PSA went live – garnering more than 2 million hits on the comedy site Funny or Die and YouTube – scores of women have come forward to own up to the “disorder.”

Actress Anna Paquin of True Blood bemoaned her “BRF” during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, saying that despite being happy and satisfied with her life, her default face makes her look like she “wants to kill people.” Jezebel’s Kristine Gutierrez, on the other hand, celebrated her “chronic bitch face,” proclaiming “it’s not my responsibility to be everyone’s sunshine.”

“I need to print this on business cards so I can hand it out to people who stop me and ask why I’m unhappy or angry or tell me to smile on a daily basis,” one commenter wrote in response to the video.


Written by journalist and comedian Taylor Orci, the short video was created as a parody of commercials for seemingly pseudo medical disorders. But does bitchy resting face – and its male equivalent, “a**hole resting face” -- actually exist?

Absolutely, says Michigan-based plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn.

“Bitchy resting face is a definite phenomenon that plastic surgeons like myself have described, just never with that term,” he says. “Basically many of us have features that we inherit and/or develop with age that can make us look unpleasant, grumpy, or even, yes, bitchy.”

http://www.today.com/health/bitchy-resting-face-real-kind-theres-hope-6C10462819

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Reply 'Bitchy resting face' is real (kind of). But there's hope (Original post)
The Straight Story Jun 2013 OP
Warpy Jun 2013 #1
The Straight Story Jun 2013 #3
HappyMe Jun 2013 #10
enough Jun 2013 #17
HappyMe Jun 2013 #18
Nay Jun 2013 #22
distantearlywarning Jun 2013 #28
enough Jun 2013 #23
Ian David Jun 2013 #27
a la izquierda Jun 2013 #31
BainsBane Jun 2013 #32
a la izquierda Jun 2013 #33
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2013 #2
JI7 Jun 2013 #4
The Straight Story Jun 2013 #5
pinboy3niner Jun 2013 #6
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2013 #16
LittleBlue Jun 2013 #8
The Straight Story Jun 2013 #12
WCGreen Jun 2013 #20
The Straight Story Jun 2013 #21
Silent3 Jun 2013 #7
Quantess Jun 2013 #9
HappyMe Jun 2013 #15
Le Taz Hot Jun 2013 #11
The Straight Story Jun 2013 #13
ms liberty Jun 2013 #29
winter is coming Jun 2013 #25
Butterbean Jun 2013 #14
WCGreen Jun 2013 #19
Brickbat Jun 2013 #24
pipi_k Jun 2013 #26
PDJane Jun 2013 #30

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:41 PM

1. Oh, please, it keeps them away, too

which is a real advantage to those of us with BRF who are also introverts. The few assholes who command us to smile are usually the type who think women should be smiling (meaning available) all the time, so I have no qualms about telling them to take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:43 PM

3. I think I would like to try that someday

"take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut" - hope I get a bulls-eye

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:52 PM

10. Wow.

I tend to be a smiley kind of person. I'm sorry to inform you, but smiling most certainly DOES NOT mean available all the time. But thanks loads for the assumption.

There are a couple of those BRF in the neighborhood. I haven't had either scream any expletives at me, but rest assured I know a few myself.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:29 PM

17. Warpy didn't say simley people are avaliable all the time.

She said that the kind of men who approach you with some sort of line exhorting you to SMILE, (you'd be so beautiful with a nice smile on your face, what's your problem it can't be that bad, how 'bout a nice smile for me this morning honey, etc. etc. etc.) are the kind of men who think women should be perpetually available.

From my experience, I have to agree with Warpy about those men, and there are a lot of them.

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Response to enough (Reply #17)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:32 PM

18. I happen to think it's a ridiculous

assumption to make about men too. But go on with your mind reading.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #18)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:13 PM

22. I'm not sure it's a ridiculous assumption; I noticed that my BRF got plenty of male comments

when I was young -- once I turned about 35, poof, all concerns about my 'welfare' and my 'sadness' simply ceased. I don't think I could be faulted for thinking that men were using those lines as come-ons to women they thought were sexually attractive.

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Response to Nay (Reply #22)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:17 PM

28. Yep, same here.

I think your assessment of what is going on in this situation is spot on.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #18)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:33 PM

23. Oh man, I guess you've nver seen it then, or been the object of it.

Mind reading it does not take.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:09 PM

27. We only expect you to be available when you're in estrus.

Sorry, I was thinking of Orangutans.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:09 PM

31. You too?

I always have people telling me to look happy.
I'm perfectly fucking happy. I just don't roll around with a shit-eating grin on my face.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #31)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:11 PM

32. It happens to all women

Isn't it always men telling you to smile?

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #32)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:14 PM

33. Now that I think about it, yeah.

Creeps me out.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:43 PM

2. this thread needs pictures

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:45 PM

4. queen elizabeth

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:46 PM

5. You sound like this guy:

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:47 PM

6. Really?

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:00 PM

16. lol

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:50 PM

8. Anna Paquin

 



Sookie causes mixed emotions on this issue

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #12)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:40 PM

20. I see getting to look at a live nude woman face...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:51 PM

21. The movie actually looks pretty good:

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:48 PM

7. I posted pictures of myself on Facebook to show some pretty dramatic weight loss...

...and much of the reaction from so-called friends was bitching about my lack of a big smile! Pissed me off royally.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:51 PM

9. Anna Paquin is too young to have acquired wrinkles

so she is too young to have "bitchy resting face". Lindsay Lohan on the other hand is putting on wrinnkles at a lightning pace, and she does look kinda bitchy.

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Response to Quantess (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:58 PM

15. I agree.

She looks way older than her actual age.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:53 PM

11. I get the WORST pissed-off look on my face

when I'm reading piano music, especially for the first time. I've actually seen it in a mirror and it's frightening.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:54 PM

13. That's how I look when I am reading DU

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #13)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:27 PM

29. And DU is why I have bitchy resting face...

Well to be fair, it was also George Bush, right wing nut jobs, a recession, two wars, and living until I was in my twenties on the west coast of Florida...

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:57 PM

25. LOL. From time to time, I'll see a movie or TV show where people are supposedly

sight-reading music and I'm always amused by the facial expressions that look nothing like people reading music. No intent concentration, no "what the fuck is that?" looks, no "goddammit, I'm totally lost!" looks, and no foot tapping. My experience as a singer has been that when the reading gets tough, the foot tapping gets loud.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:57 PM

14. I have bitchy resting face, usually when I'm reading. n/t

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:39 PM

19. And just cause I am old and gray doesn't mean that walking on my grass face

means I am upset, It's just that I have suffered through out breaks of Stoner face, Dude face, Feminist and Proud Face, Finding a Bloody Horse Head in your Bed Face and Arched Eye Maud Face.

Sometimes people just had their faces freeze like that....

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:43 PM

24. I have bitchy resting face, and it's awesome.

I do hate the exhortations from strangers to "Smile!" but it's fun to say "I AM SMILING."

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:00 PM

26. Another

Sufferer of the malady, BRF...even when I was way younger than now.

I can't even count the number of times people have told me to "smile!!!!"

Why the hell don't people mind their own damned business??? I don't run around telling people to smile. For all I know they could be sad because someone in their family just died or something. I don't know about anyone else, but I would feel like a total asshole for telling someone to smile and s/he says back to me, "My (family member) just died...hope you don't mind if I don't feel much like smiling!" I've always wanted to say that to someone, actually.

So. One of the few people I know who isn't afflicted by BRF is Mr Pipi's second wife, who is a nice person, but she always seems to have a slight smile on her face, and I think it's somewhat creepy.

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Response to pipi_k (Reply #26)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:32 PM

30. It is creepy!!

My usual answer to those people who tell me to smile is a raised eyebrow and stare.......works really well.

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