Thought Provoking The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women  

Lauren Slocum
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List Rules Upvote the ingrained expectations of women that you're plain sick of.

Make no mistake - expectations of women have changed, for the better, in recent history. Opportunities once unavailable to our grandmothers, or even our mothers, are now accessible to women everywhere. Deep seated sentiments that girls and boys are inherently different are fading fast. Then why do we still see advertisements of pristinely dressed women Febrezing their living rooms while waiting for the iron to get hot and the cookies to finish baking in the oven? Sure, Liz Lemon is a more realistic manifestation of female experience than Carol Brady. However, there remain many subtle and not-so-subtle ways society places unreasonable expectations on women. Whether it's walking down the street and having a stranger ask you to smile or having a romantic partner chastise you for not shaving your legs, women still experience sexism on the daily. Society has some super strange - and entirely impractical - expectations of the female gender.

Some absurd presumptions about female behavior pertain to physical appearance. Women should wear makeup, always be freshly shaven, and dress in clean, fashionable clothing. Other societal assumptions relate to a woman's behavior and personality. Women are expected to be jealous of other women, submissive to men's desires, and always smiling and cheery. Even women's hobbies and interests are sometimes nitpicked - females cannot be interested in stick shifts, mechanics, sports, or raunchy comedy! 

If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list. Vote up the expectations that fire you up the most! 

list ordered by

1
1,363 450
To Not Be Outspoken

2
1,032 242
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

3
1,173 284
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

4
1,211 277
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

5
1,253 390
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
746 143
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,324 425
To Clean the House

8
1,342 422
To "Act Like a Lady"

9
1,443 459
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,143 402
To Always Smile

11
708 135
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

12
801 256
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
1,128 401
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

14
1,078 413
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
1,046 402
To Give Up Career for Kids

16
1,016 367
To Be Soft Spoken

17
1,038 405
To Cook

18
1,041 413
To Wear Makeup

19
1,111 430
To Rear Children

20
463 89
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

21
943 366
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

22
870 375
To Be Uneducated About Politics

23
848 331
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

24
909 423
To Wear Heels

25
950 371
To Do Laundry