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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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616 133
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

2
645 135
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

3
852 296
To Not Be Outspoken

4
491 111
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

5
854 270
To "Act Like a Lady"

6
952 311
To Not Have Body Hair

7
832 277
To Clean the House

8
751 263
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

9
712 262
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

10
714 270
To Always Smile

11
756 299
To Rear Children

12
409 127
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
691 287
To Wear Makeup

14
711 294
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

The Best Places to Meet Women

15
689 283
To Cook

16
253 41
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

17
657 252
To Be Soft Spoken

18
665 287
To Give Up Career for Kids

19
659 263
To Always Be Polite

20
649 263
To Do Laundry

21
673 277
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

The Most Memorable Advertising Mascots of All Time

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251 40
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

23
544 259
To Be Uneducated About Politics

24
599 307
To Wear Heels

25
604 272
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

26
541 256
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

27
578 281
To Get Married

28
544 278
To Be Jealous of Other Women

The Biggest Turnoffs For Women On Tinder

29
557 294
To Wear Bras

30
480 250
To Be High-Maintenance

31
468 230
To Be Gullible

32
469 260
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

33
131 23
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

34
153 35
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

35
524 329
To Be Monogamous

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Married to Each Other

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146 41
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

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421 280
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

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129 34
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

39
127 34
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

40
333 263
To Not Like Watching Sports

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109 36
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

42
351 266
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

The Worst Things Men Say to Women on Their Period

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339 256
To Not Be Athletic

44
106 37
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

45
98 36
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

46
69 25
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

47
93 37
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

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88 41
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

49
85 39
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate

50
87 41
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah