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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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

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1
1,328 443
To Not Be Outspoken

2
988 239
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

3
1,131 279
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

4
1,167 273
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

5
1,216 382
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
705 140
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,301 417
To "Act Like a Lady"

8
1,278 420
To Clean the House

9
1,407 453
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,110 397
To Always Smile

11
1,098 398
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
771 253
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
672 132
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

14
1,054 411
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
1,016 398
To Give Up Career for Kids

16
993 362
To Be Soft Spoken

17
1,016 408
To Wear Makeup

18
1,005 403
To Cook

19
1,081 428
To Rear Children

20
844 371
To Be Uneducated About Politics

21
917 365
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

22
435 88
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

23
886 419
To Wear Heels

24
825 330
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

25
925 370
To Do Laundry

26
932 374
To Always Be Polite

27
842 369
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
925 382
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

29
843 376
To Get Married

30
757 334
To Be High-Maintenance

31
734 304
To Be Gullible

32
370 100
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

33
388 109
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

34
788 405
To Wear Bras

35
360 112
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

36
698 344
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

37
333 107
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
307 117
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

39
591 365
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

40
289 114
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

41
251 110
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

42
676 431
To Be Monogamous

43
531 343
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

44
290 128
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

45
511 343
To Not Be Athletic

46
488 356
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
256 119
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

48
254 132
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

49
235 122
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
216 130
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate