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Why do I pout?

  • Hazel Butterfield
  • 02 September 2019

ADJECTIVE pushing one's lips or one's bottom lip forward as an expression of annoyance or in order to look sexually attractive.

Why do I pout?

It dawned on me the other day that I had been asked this question an exorbitant amount of times, just in 1 week and one was from somebody I didn’t even think I knew! I get asked this questioned so much, like I should be ashamed of it.

Yes a standard pose may be a tad samey, but it is the lesser of 2 evils. When I smile I look like I’m mental, drunk or a bit of both. I’ve never been able to smile, not on cue anyway. I was bullied as a child in school for having big lips and that made me quite image self-conscious. I’d shy away from having my picture taken and the concept of the school picture day filled me with dread.

So if I finally feel comfortable with having big lips and want to flaunt them, so what?

I’ve had people making snide remarks about me in blogs. Does it really bother people that much?!



So when you’re taking the piss, remember, people do things for a plethora of reasons. Some of them simple and others more complex, but it’s their reason and who are you to judge?

Maybe I pout as I know my smile is fake and it is hiding something else. Similarly, some people prefer the head tilt, or the ‘hide half behind someone else’ trick. Not all of us are blessed with a perfect smile or indeed something to smile about. I do laugh and smile but I look incredibly goofy, I don’t like it caught on camera unless that is what is required in the photo!

If there is something that people focus on when they take pictures of themselves, something they are proud of, whether that is their smile, legs, tits or teeth… Should we not be able to embrace something about ourselves! I’m sure there is plenty we (unduly) dislike about ourselves.

“People who are intimidated by you talk bad about you with hopes that others won’t find you so appealing.”

Also, quite frankly, it makes my cheekbones look better, so I like doing it. Ok? Especially when it detracts attention away from my tired eyes, random spot, pigmentation - [anything can go here!].

And yet, if we’re self-deprecating we are not celebrating who we are. If I /we/you celebrate or be thankful for what we do have, we’re big headed. Give me strength.

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