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First of all, in case there is anyone reading this who has never presented as anything but a male, let me ask: have you heard about that business where, if you are a woman, men you encounter in public spaces feel free to pretty much order you to smile?

Let me assure you that it is, as the kids say, a “thing.” I’ve experienced it myself on a few occasions from men in the 50+ age range.

I smile more than Dead Name did, but smiling being read as more feminine in this society is a very small part of why I do.

Often I don’t even realize I’m smiling unless I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror in a department store or something.

I smile a lot more than Dead Name did, but it’s mainly because, although it’s both difficult and dangerous to be a trans woman in this hate-based society, I am so, so much happier than he was!!!

 

 

 

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