Neutral frown?

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    Oct 03, 2009 8:18 AM GMT
    So does anyone find it bizarre when a guy's natural emotionless expression is basically a frown? Or am I the only one that notices this?
  • _gingin

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    Oct 03, 2009 12:25 PM GMT
    describes me
    i think thats why a lot of people im out with are especially concerned about me if i turn quiet, asking if i'm okay (when im totally okay) because they thought i was frowning

    and maybe thats why hardly anyone ever approaches me outside icon_cool.gif
    so i try to counter that by pasting on a million dollar smile
    but that tends to look a littttttttle fake sigh

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    Oct 03, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
    I contend there is no such thing as a 'natural emotionless expression' this side of being room temperature. icon_neutral.gif
    Even if he professes to not be thinking of any thing, rest assured he IS thinking of something, just not concentrating on it. Otherwise we categorize him as 'brain dead' and start looking for next-of-kin to sign the 'consent to donate' forms.
    Haven't you ever heard the expression 'if you're happy you forgot to tell your face' ?
    Give him a break. Not everyone is a frakin' ray of sunshine every waking moment like me!
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    Oct 03, 2009 1:52 PM GMT
    One thing for sure - it doesn't help to loudly command the person to smile.
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    Oct 03, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    I hate having a group photo taken. I have to hear 'smile, cmon, smile. smile for a change. it won't hurt you.' If I smile than it looks like someone else, not me. A smile on me is so forced. I just look freaky, like I've got gas or something.

    By the way _gingin, you have a pretty cute smile. If you're faking it, you are doing a pretty good job.
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    Oct 03, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    I'll get flamed for it, but I equate a lot of the perpetual disinterested/almost-scowling faces on gay men as part of the "masculine/no-drama" blanket they wrap themselves in. Gay = happy. And they don't wanna look gay. God forbid.
  • _gingin

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    Oct 03, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
    heartrobb saidI hate having a group photo taken. I have to hear 'smile, cmon, smile. smile for a change. it won't hurt you.' If I smile than it looks like someone else, not me. A smile on me is so forced. I just look freaky, like I've got gas or something.

    By the way _gingin, you have a pretty cute smile. If you're faking it, you are doing a pretty good job.


    well thanks, sometimes i manage to pull it off but most times, and thats what you dont see, its plasticfantastic.

    unless i really meant to smile.
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    Oct 03, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
    I just assume its someone's "thinking" face. If its put on, you can usually tell they are trying to look pensive or tough. gingin's comment is interesting about looking fake in photos, you can learn to turn it on, I have been in a number of print ads and videos (corp training not porn) and you become trained to look sincere. Its quite funny in print, because you can be chatting or goofing around and once the photog gives his single you instantly change to smiley guy/gal then revert back instantly when he/she is done.
  • Timbales

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    Oct 03, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
    I'm not someone who naturally smiles all the time. I see people who have a natural, easy smile and it suits them, but it's not me.
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    Oct 03, 2009 5:53 PM GMT

    YAY! It's not just me!

    I'm generally a pretty upbeat, glass-is-half-full kinda guy, but when I'm just walking around or not talking to people in particular, I guess I tend to look sad or upset about something, because people are always asking "what's wrong?", "are you ok?" when things are just fine.

    Sometimes I try to concentrate on smiling, but it just seems so forced.

    I thought I was the only freak!

    Thanks for making me feel better!!

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    Oct 03, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    _gingin saiddescribes me
    i think thats why a lot of people im out with are especially concerned about me if i turn quiet, asking if i'm okay (when im totally okay) because they thought i was frowning

    and maybe thats why hardly anyone ever approaches me outside icon_cool.gif
    so i try to counter that by pasting on a million dollar smile
    but that tends to look a littttttttle fake sigh



    Im actually the same way. Most people think Im either pissed or sad and that is not the case. I hate having this overly looking smile unless I have reason to smile because yeah... not only does it feel fake but I assume it looks fake too.