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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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
1,326 442
To Not Be Outspoken

2
985 239
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

3
1,128 279
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

4
1,164 273
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

5
1,213 382
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
702 140
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,298 417
To "Act Like a Lady"

8
1,276 420
To Clean the House

9
1,403 453
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,107 397
To Always Smile

11
1,096 397
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
768 253
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
670 132
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

14
1,051 411
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
1,013 398
To Give Up Career for Kids

16
991 362
To Be Soft Spoken

17
1,014 408
To Wear Makeup

18
1,003 403
To Cook

19
1,078 428
To Rear Children

20
842 371
To Be Uneducated About Politics

21
914 365
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

22
434 88
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

23
885 419
To Wear Heels

24
824 330
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

25
924 370
To Do Laundry

26
931 373
To Always Be Polite

27
841 369
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
924 382
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

29
842 376
To Get Married

30
756 334
To Be High-Maintenance

31
732 304
To Be Gullible

32
387 109
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

33
368 100
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

34
786 405
To Wear Bras

35
359 112
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

36
697 344
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

37
332 107
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
306 117
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

39
590 365
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

40
288 114
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

41
675 431
To Be Monogamous

42
250 110
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

43
529 343
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

44
288 128
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

45
510 343
To Not Be Athletic

46
487 356
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
254 119
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

48
253 132
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

49
233 122
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
215 130
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate