You know what is always gross – but especially in this context? – trying to police when, how & where a woman should smile.
If I had been abused, you bet your ass my girlfriends would have taken me out and tried to distract me and cheer me up and make me smile and laugh immediately after I told them what had transpired. I feel genuinely, deeply sorry for anyone who doesn’t have those kinds of friends. “The Smile Police” can go fuck themselves.
This is really just saying if you come forward with abuse you better not be happy
the scare quotes around ‘physically abusive’
Its this kinda BS that fucks people up, because as soon as an abuse victim is laughing/having a good time they have self doubt. “was i really abused?”
and ends up making them feel worse, and spiral into sever depression.