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Old 25th July 2020, 12:57 PM   #1
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Unintended result of wearing a mask

I go into stores mask on and the women all are so friendly and I figured out they can't tell if I'm smiling or not and vice versa. So they cya friendly.
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Old 25th July 2020, 01:27 PM   #2
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Widespread mask usage is quite an interesting social experiment.

People tend to focus on the brow ridge or infraorbital, upper cheek area to assess your emotional state. It gets more complicated when you wear thick-rimmed eyeglasses or even worse sunglasses.

Similarly with a facemask covering the nose and mouth you have only half the picture.

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Old 26th July 2020, 12:08 AM   #3
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I work retail. It’s fairly easy to tell if someone is smiling without seeing their lower face.

A caveat: they usually speak which really does reveal what their mouth is doing. You can hear the difference of a voice when a person is smiling.
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Old 26th July 2020, 01:38 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Fellow Traveler View Post
I go into stores mask on and the women all are so friendly and I figured out they can't tell if I'm smiling or not and vice versa. So they cya friendly.
I thought this was the start of an “u so ugly” thread, but decided against it
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Old 26th July 2020, 05:04 AM   #5
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Oddly enough, I sometimes feel more facially expressive when wearing the mask. Normally I'm pretty reserved and stoic. Now I know I have to communicate though my eyes and body language, and it's harder to avoid someone's gaze when they have one on also.
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Old 26th July 2020, 09:31 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by EHocking View Post
I thought this was the start of an “u so ugly” thread, but decided against it
Yo mama's so ugly, the mask can't hide it!
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Old 26th July 2020, 11:18 AM   #7
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A local restaurant that we have been ordering takeout from at least twice a week for the past 3 years recently re-opened after being closed for several months. There is always a wait of 30-45 minutes between phone order and pickup so when I walked in for the first time in months and this time wearing a mask, Becky the cashier freaked out when she saw me and ran outside. When she came back in I said what was up with that? She said “I just gave your order to the wrong man and he just drove away - he looked just like you”. I asked was he wearing a mask and she said yes and I said of course he looked like me. We all look like me.
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I like to imagine that behind everyone's mask they are holding something between their teeth. A pacifier, a pearl onion, a glove of garlic, a Barbie's head.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
I like to imagine that behind everyone's mask they are holding something between their teeth. A pacifier, a pearl onion, a glove of garlic, a Barbie's head.
A ball gag...

Though we've tried this and a dark mask is recommended to conceal the drool.
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Old 26th July 2020, 12:17 PM   #10
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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?
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Old 26th July 2020, 01:29 PM   #11
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I love not having to smile at men. The smile women learn to do, not because they're friendly, but because they don't want men to hurt them.

I found myself acting in a way I wouldn't have, had I not been wearing a mask. It was surprising to me. Empowering. The incident involved a man cutting in front of me in a line. I was waiting to pick up food I'd ordered over the phone. There were two people in front of me in the line. I just needed to pay and get the food in my hands. I thought it best to just stand in the line, on the marked squares for social distancing, rather than try and ask about what to do. I'd been in line not a minute when a man came up, and instead of waiting at the square behind me, decided to wait behind the woman who was ahead of me. I was stewing - could he really be cutting!? - but decided to wait until the restaurant employee came out to call the next guest before acting. When that happened, the man was addressed first by the employee, with the man telling the employee he was picking up food. "HE'S AFTER ME." I called out. It was a clear incident of a man thinking he was more important - we had the exact circumstances, but he thought himself more important than me and that he didn't have to wait to ask about his food.

The employee asked my name and called me in for my food. I didn't look at the cutter. I just walked by him. That was pretty huge. If I hadn't been wearing the mask, I would have done some half-assed apologetic smile and said 'excuse me' or whatever female-instinctual thing I normally would have done. But that mask. I had some protection. I just barged ahead. AS I SHOULD HAVE.

When I walked out, I did the same thing, right past him, no eye contact. NO SMILE.

Then when I sat in the parking lot to eat my food, I kept checking to make sure he didn't see me, because while the mask can prevent some regular female habits, it didn't stop me from fearing the man was going to come out and hurt me for having been assertive.


Hey guys, don't think this is unique to this one particular woman.

I was high on that exchange for hours, and talked to my therapist about it later. I didn't smile! I was so forward! Thank f***ing god.

So many wins just walking around with a mask, so many occasions to keep my eyes forward and not offer the smile that men tell me I should give them.
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Old 26th July 2020, 01:32 PM   #12
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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?
alfaniner was the first pioneer of this!
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Old 26th July 2020, 01:37 PM   #13
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I see it as a way of leveling the playing field. No nobody else can read facial expressions either. I think it is a learning disability if mine.
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Old 26th July 2020, 01:38 PM   #14
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Covering the mouth, chin, and the upper cheek with a mask serves almost as a layer of security for me as well.

I don't want people reading me sometimes, even during fairly mundane activities like grocery shopping.

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Old 26th July 2020, 01:41 PM   #15
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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?
Would this be OK:
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Old 26th July 2020, 03:15 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by shemp View Post
Yo mama's so ugly, the mask can't hide it!
Yo mama’s so ugly, the mask put a mask on her.
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Old 26th July 2020, 06:48 PM   #17
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I'm a completely asocial prick, but with all the stress on everyone I've tried to find a way to communicate socially with others all masked up. Enter Belter sign language : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...XDFyFqH0k/edit


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alfaniner was the first pioneer of this!
I honestly don't know if I was the first, but I know I was right in there! Thanks for acknowledging it!

(just for that... here. Best I could do in a couple minutes.)
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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?
Challenge accepted...
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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?
Because I haven't had to wear one yet.
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I love not having to smile at men. The smile women learn to do, not because they're friendly, but because they don't want men to hurt them.
I've been saying for some considerable time that my gender sickens me.

You're not helping.

It's something blokes will never understand, because not only have I never felt threatened by a woman, I don't think it's possible I could be.

Sad fucking world we've created.
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Old 26th July 2020, 11:37 PM   #22
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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?
No one?
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I honestly don't know if I was the first, but I know I was right in there! Thanks for acknowledging it!

(just for that... here. Best I could do in a couple minutes.)
Hah! Thank you!
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Everybody's on the defensive when the masks are on.
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Originally Posted by MoeFaux View Post
I love not having to smile at men. The smile women learn to do, not because they're friendly, but because they don't want men to hurt them.

I found myself acting in a way I wouldn't have, had I not been wearing a mask. It was surprising to me. Empowering. The incident involved a man cutting in front of me in a line. I was waiting to pick up food I'd ordered over the phone. There were two people in front of me in the line. I just needed to pay and get the food in my hands. I thought it best to just stand in the line, on the marked squares for social distancing, rather than try and ask about what to do. I'd been in line not a minute when a man came up, and instead of waiting at the square behind me, decided to wait behind the woman who was ahead of me. I was stewing - could he really be cutting!? - but decided to wait until the restaurant employee came out to call the next guest before acting. When that happened, the man was addressed first by the employee, with the man telling the employee he was picking up food. "HE'S AFTER ME." I called out. It was a clear incident of a man thinking he was more important - we had the exact circumstances, but he thought himself more important than me and that he didn't have to wait to ask about his food.

The employee asked my name and called me in for my food. I didn't look at the cutter. I just walked by him. That was pretty huge. If I hadn't been wearing the mask, I would have done some half-assed apologetic smile and said 'excuse me' or whatever female-instinctual thing I normally would have done. But that mask. I had some protection. I just barged ahead. AS I SHOULD HAVE.

When I walked out, I did the same thing, right past him, no eye contact. NO SMILE.

Then when I sat in the parking lot to eat my food, I kept checking to make sure he didn't see me, because while the mask can prevent some regular female habits, it didn't stop me from fearing the man was going to come out and hurt me for having been assertive.


Hey guys, don't think this is unique to this one particular woman.

I was high on that exchange for hours, and talked to my therapist about it later. I didn't smile! I was so forward! Thank f***ing god.

So many wins just walking around with a mask, so many occasions to keep my eyes forward and not offer the smile that men tell me I should give them.
I haven't been out and about much, but I am so going to do this. I think I've got a contact high from this anecdote!
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I've been saying for some considerable time that my gender sickens me.
Don't be sickened by your gender. Just don't be a douche. I think you're doing fine.
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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?
Errr.... Uhhh.... Hmmm.... I'll have to get back to you on that one...
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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?
Something like this?:
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Something like this?:
Putting a mask on a machine is just absurd.
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Putting a mask on a machine is just absurd.
Have you so quickly forgotten car bras?
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I'm going to try to wear a mask and shades just to see how people react.
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Have you so quickly forgotten car bras?
...and red noses?

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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?
Ahem!
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How come nobody's put face masks on their avatars yet?

I would, but there wouldn't be any point. I uploaded an avatar ages ago, but it doesn't show up. As far as I can tell, it meets all of the requirements, and it shows up on my profile, but it's not on any of my posts.
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No that’s a profile pic, not your avatar. I don’t know why we have both.
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Have you so quickly forgotten car bras?
E-freaking-gads, I hate those things. I have a friend with a reasonably nice car and he put a "bra" on it. I asked, "Why, was the front starting to sag a little or something?" He replied, "It's to protect the paint, dummy." "Really, what's protecting the paint from the bra? That thing isn't 100% stationary, it moves and flexes and gets dirt under it, that's scratching the paint more than any bug or regular dirt ever will." He was shocked to find out how right I was when he took it off once to give the car a good cleaning one day. Now the bra is a permanent feature to hide the damage it did.
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I cycled to the local pharmacy yesterday to pick up my regular prescription. I forgot to take off my cycle helmet and I wear glasses, so with the surgical mask practically nothing above my neck was visible. The assistant asked who was the prescription for, and I had to try very hard not to say, "What, don't you recognize me?"

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People attending these protests are pretty grateful that concealed faces are the norm.
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E-freaking-gads, I hate those things. I have a friend with a reasonably nice car and he put a "bra" on it. I asked, "Why, was the front starting to sag a little or something?" He replied, "It's to protect the paint, dummy." "Really, what's protecting the paint from the bra? That thing isn't 100% stationary, it moves and flexes and gets dirt under it, that's scratching the paint more than any bug or regular dirt ever will." He was shocked to find out how right I was when he took it off once to give the car a good cleaning one day. Now the bra is a permanent feature to hide the damage it did.
Seems to me like the people who put plastic over their furniture and carpets "to keep them looking nice". Congrats, now they look awful because they have plastic on them. The attempt to prevent a possible thing is itself the real cause of the thing. There's got to be a name for that, probably one long word in German!
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