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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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
1,304 435
To Not Be Outspoken

2
1,146 262
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

3
1,109 271
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

4
965 234
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

5
1,196 376
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
685 135
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,258 413
To Clean the House

8
1,277 413
To "Act Like a Lady"

9
1,384 448
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,094 392
To Always Smile

11
1,085 389
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
758 249
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
656 129
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

14
1,036 409
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
980 359
To Be Soft Spoken

16
997 395
To Give Up Career for Kids

17
1,001 402
To Wear Makeup

18
990 399
To Cook

19
1,063 426
To Rear Children

20
832 366
To Be Uneducated About Politics

21
877 413
To Wear Heels

22
904 361
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

23
815 327
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

24
422 87
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

25
914 365
To Do Laundry

26
920 371
To Always Be Polite

27
831 365
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
914 380
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

29
832 374
To Get Married

30
749 331
To Be High-Maintenance

31
727 300
To Be Gullible

32
361 97
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

33
381 107
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

34
779 401
To Wear Bras

35
691 341
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

36
350 109
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

37
326 103
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
301 113
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

39
586 361
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

40
284 109
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

41
245 107
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

42
525 338
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

43
669 429
To Be Monogamous

44
504 339
To Not Be Athletic

45
280 126
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

46
480 353
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
248 116
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

48
248 126
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

49
227 119
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
212 125
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate