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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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
1,336 445
To Not Be Outspoken

2
1,002 239
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

3
1,142 281
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

4
1,178 275
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

5
1,226 385
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
717 141
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,293 421
To Clean the House

8
1,312 418
To "Act Like a Lady"

9
1,419 455
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,120 397
To Always Smile

11
1,108 398
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
684 132
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

13
780 254
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

14
1,061 411
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
1,027 399
To Give Up Career for Kids

16
1,000 364
To Be Soft Spoken

17
1,024 408
To Wear Makeup

18
1,015 403
To Cook

19
1,092 428
To Rear Children

20
853 372
To Be Uneducated About Politics

21
927 365
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

22
444 88
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

23
894 419
To Wear Heels

24
833 330
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

25
932 370
To Do Laundry

26
939 374
To Always Be Polite

27
850 369
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
929 383
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

29
850 376
To Get Married

30
764 334
To Be High-Maintenance

31
740 304
To Be Gullible

32
377 100
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

33
391 109
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

34
793 405
To Wear Bras

35
367 112
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

36
703 344
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

37
337 107
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
312 117
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

39
597 365
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

40
296 114
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

41
256 110
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

42
535 343
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

43
679 433
To Be Monogamous

44
296 129
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

45
515 343
To Not Be Athletic

46
493 356
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
262 119
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

48
260 133
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

49
241 122
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
118 50
KatherineLin added to not swear