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In the 1900s, women's suffrage made a lot of progress in America. But we still hear phrases like "bread winner" and see advertisements of women Febrezing their living rooms wearing khaki pants and Keds while probably waiting for the iron to get hot and the cookies to finish baking in the oven. So, if you've ever been walking down the street and had a stranger say, "Girl, why you so serious? Smile!" you're aware of the fact that society has some super strange and entirely impractical expectations of the female gender.

Some gender roles and gender expectations are unavoidable - there are biological differences and restrictions that create a definitive line between the male and female species. But over time, women's roles as nurturers, mothers, and wives has evolved from being the equivalent of a strong protector of her family to someone that's expected to be demure, obedient (to relationships, societal expectations, careers), and altogether dependent on the male species. And you don't need to go burning your bra to agree that most of the female expectations on this list are total bullsh*t.

Some of the most demeaning expectations of women listed here pertain to physical appearance: women should wear makeup, they should always be freshly shaven, the ones who dress provocatively will get more attention, etc. etc. (because for some reason the world thinks it's their job to tell females what they should look like). And then there are some equally as outrageous role expectations like jealousy, incapability to fix things, assumption of our hobbies and interests. 

If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations that are proven wrong time and time again, you'll want to read through these ridiculous expectations of women. Feeling heated after reading through the list? Good! Debunk these expectations by joining the conversation about it in the comments section below. Vote up the expectations that fire you up the most! 
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To Not Be Outspoken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Not Be Outspoken

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To Not Have Body Hair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Not Have Body Hair

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To "Act Like a Lady" is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To "Act Like a Lady"

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To Clean the House is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Clean the House

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To Be Dumber Than Her Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

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Never Question Him or His Acti... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
BEENTHERE added Never Question Him or His Actions

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To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed.

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To Cook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Cook

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To Rear Children is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Rear Children

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To Always Smile is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Always Smile

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To Always Smell Sweet and Clea... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

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To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

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To Wear Makeup is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Wear Makeup

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To Be Soft Spoken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Be Soft Spoken

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To Be Less Successful Than Men... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

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To Always Be Polite is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Always Be Polite

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To Give Up Career for Kids is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Give Up Career for Kids

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To Do Laundry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Do Laundry

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Be Wantingly Submissive and Su... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
BEENTHERE added Be Wantingly Submissive and Suggestive

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To Wear Heels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Wear Heels

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To Wear Bras is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Wear Bras

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To Be Uneducated About Politic... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Be Uneducated About Politics

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To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

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To Be Helpless About Mechanica... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

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To Be Helplessly and Easily Sc... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helplessly and Easily Scared

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To Get Married is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Get Married

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To Be Monogamous is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Be Monogamous

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To Be High-Maintenance is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Be High-Maintenance

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To Be Jealous of Other Women is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Be Jealous of Other Women

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To Be Gullible is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Be Gullible

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To Get Emotionally Attached Qu... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

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To Not Know How to Drive a Sti... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

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To Not Like Watching Sports is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Not Like Watching Sports

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To Order Only Clear Liquor and... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

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To Not Be Athletic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Not Be Athletic

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To Not Have Vocal Fry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
To Not Have Vocal Fry

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Giving head is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women
Giving head