Let’s Talk About Bitchface

Wait, what? Bitchface?

Yes, bitchface is a word. Some people may find that offensive (why do we swear, anyway?), but it’s also interesting that the word describes a reality that often causes offense—unintentionally!

Also called resting bitchface (that’s RBF, of course), bitchy resting face, or chronic bitchface, bitchface most often refers to a facial expression that doesn’t consciously express a particular emotion, but that others perceive as scowling or threatening. Ouch.

So what do you think? Is having a word for this expressionless expression helpful, laughable, offensive, or something else? We asked film students from California College of the Arts to give us their take: