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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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798 167
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

2
781 177
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

3
993 338
To Not Be Outspoken

4
626 144
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

5
994 307
To "Act Like a Lady"

6
897 294
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

7
968 312
To Clean the House

8
1,092 360
To Not Have Body Hair

9
388 66
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

10
839 306
To Always Smile

11
830 298
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
514 163
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
816 326
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

14
761 281
To Be Soft Spoken

The Best Places to Meet Women

15
786 319
To Wear Makeup

16
787 316
To Cook

17
860 340
To Rear Children

18
774 315
To Give Up Career for Kids

19
370 64
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

20
756 295
To Always Be Polite

21
741 296
To Do Laundry

Black Panther Movie Quotes

22
636 289
To Be Uneducated About Politics

23
755 307
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

24
685 339
To Wear Heels

25
698 300
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

26
644 302
To Be Jealous of Other Women

27
626 282
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

28
658 313
To Get Married

The Biggest Turnoffs For Women On Tinder

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569 272
To Be High-Maintenance

30
219 40
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

31
545 250
To Be Gullible

32
634 326
To Wear Bras

33
231 52
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

34
548 281
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

35
198 52
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

The Most Nostalgia-Inducing '90s Toys

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198 52
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

37
208 63
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

38
577 361
To Be Monogamous

39
477 303
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

40
169 63
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

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156 57
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

42
408 287
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

All of the Types of Hot Women, Ranked

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124 46
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

44
163 65
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

45
392 279
To Not Be Athletic

46
380 291
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
144 58
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

48
140 62
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

49
136 63
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
130 63
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate