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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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
953 217
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

2
1,135 387
To Not Be Outspoken

3
939 228
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

4
787 184
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

5
1,035 339
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
1,127 360
To "Act Like a Lady"

7
1,102 364
To Clean the House

8
1,232 406
To Not Have Body Hair

9
523 105
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

10
963 352
To Always Smile

11
948 343
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
504 93
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

13
629 210
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

14
868 321
To Be Soft Spoken

The Best Places to Meet Women

15
921 370
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

16
891 364
To Wear Makeup

17
888 361
To Cook

18
875 360
To Give Up Career for Kids

19
953 387
To Rear Children

20
791 377
To Wear Heels

21
806 333
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

The Best Dog Breeds for Families

22
735 337
To Be Uneducated About Politics

23
831 338
To Do Laundry

24
843 345
To Always Be Polite

25
836 349
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

26
723 311
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

27
744 337
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
318 67
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

The Biggest Turnoffs For Women On Tinder

29
752 345
To Get Married

30
644 280
To Be Gullible

31
659 309
To Be High-Maintenance

32
311 83
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

33
706 372
To Wear Bras

34
628 313
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

35
274 79
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

36
281 87
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

37
261 79
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
632 393
To Be Monogamous

39
234 90
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

40
528 339
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

41
216 89
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

42
466 319
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

The Worst Things Men Say to Women on Their Period

43
220 96
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

44
180 80
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

45
444 312
To Not Be Athletic

46
431 325
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
198 90
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

48
198 95
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

49
182 92
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
173 96
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate