feminism 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.

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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations that are proven wrong time and time again, you'll want to read through these ridiculous expectations of women.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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548 211
To Not Be Outspoken

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2
635 218
To Not Have Body Hair

3
319 69
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

4
563 207
To "Act Like a Lady"

5
293 62
BEENTHERE added Never Question Him or His Actions

6
541 213
To Clean the House

7
523 221
To Rear Children

8
436 192
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed.

9
470 230
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

10
444 216
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

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444 222
To Wear Makeup

12
454 214
To Always Smile

13
458 216
To Cook

14
209 59
BEENTHERE added Be Wantingly Submissive and Suggestive

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476 209
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

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412 208
To Be Soft Spoken

17
431 226
To Give Up Career for Kids

18
439 203
To Always Be Polite

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440 211
To Do Laundry

20
390 250
To Wear Heels

21
334 209
To Be Uneducated About Politics

22
174 71
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helplessly and Easily Scared

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356 209
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

24
382 228
To Wear Bras

25
401 228
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

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384 223
To Get Married

27
391 247
To Be Monogamous

28
339 234
To Be Jealous of Other Women

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296 201
To Be High-Maintenance

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279 189
To Be Gullible

31
295 213
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

32
278 218
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

33
214 205
To Not Like Watching Sports

34
227 213
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

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212 205
To Not Be Athletic

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76 88
To Not Have Vocal Fry

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17 8
Ms.green added To be super skinny

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14 6
Ms.green added To be obedient

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1 0
Theresa Navel added That if you are more (fill in the blank) you are a threat to other females