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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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1,229 414
To Not Be Outspoken

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887 211
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

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1,052 242
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

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1,028 252
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

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1,119 359
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

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1,187 388
To Clean the House

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1,204 386
To "Act Like a Lady"

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607 119
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

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1,316 430
To Not Have Body Hair

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586 109
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

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1,025 375
To Always Smile

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1,017 367
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

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700 229
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

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985 387
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

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926 340
To Be Soft Spoken

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949 381
To Wear Makeup

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931 378
To Give Up Career for Kids

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942 383
To Cook

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1,011 410
To Rear Children

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782 349
To Be Uneducated About Politics

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854 349
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

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836 396
To Wear Heels

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873 351
To Do Laundry

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364 76
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

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764 319
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

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879 358
To Always Be Polite

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875 361
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

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784 351
To Be Jealous of Other Women

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786 362
To Get Married

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683 288
To Be Gullible

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703 319
To Be High-Maintenance

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344 96
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

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743 385
To Wear Bras

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311 89
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

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662 325
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

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309 98
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

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290 90
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

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265 101
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

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562 347
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

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248 97
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

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649 410
To Be Monogamous

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210 92
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

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495 328
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

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250 110
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

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473 324
To Not Be Athletic

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222 101
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

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455 337
To Not Like Watching Sports

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219 110
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

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203 105
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

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194 110
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate