NYT Goes All RBF (Resting Bitch Face)

Leave it to the New York Times to say cow, see cow.

From Jessica Bennett’s Page One piece in the Sunday Styles Section:

Cursed With a Death Stare

The Internet meme known as RBF points to the perils of the serious female face at rest.

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I didn’t think much about it at the time: I was appearing in a short television segment and had quickly brushed my hair, then slapped on some concealer. I figured my glasses would cover the circles under my eyes.

Only later did I behold what I looked like — and it was terrifying. It wasn’t that I was disheveled; it was the actual face that looked back at me in the frozen screen shot.

My mouth curled slightly downward, my brows were furrowed, my lips were a little pursed. My eyes aimed forward in a deadpan stare. I looked simultaneously bored, mad and skeptical. I was basically saying to the newscaster: Die.

In that moment, I joined the ranks of a tribe of women who suffer from the scourge known as “resting bitch face” or, increasingly, just RBF.

The RBF lineup above features, from left, Kristen Stewart, January Jones, and Victoria Beckham.

Fabulously, when you go to the story’s jump page, there’s this:


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That’s beautiful, isn’t it?

(Tip o’ the pixel to the Missus)

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4 Responses to NYT Goes All RBF (Resting Bitch Face)

  1. Steve Stein says:

    So is there a male equivalent, where a serious demeanor is described in pejorative terms? Or are men allowed to adopt serious, somewhat disapproving poses without attracting scorn?

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Male equivalent a frowny face? Or is there a Resting Bastard Face? Feel free to run with the latter if you like, Steve.

      • Steve Stein says:

        There is no shortage of pictures of men with disapproving countenances, but I never see anything close to applying “RBF” to them.

        President Obama:

        David Brooks:

        Governor Perry:

      • Campaign Outsider says:

        You know the drill, Steve: We report. You deride.

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