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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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671 248
To Not Be Outspoken

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2
418 88
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

3
454 100
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

4
777 255
To Not Have Body Hair

5
679 232
To "Act Like a Lady"

6
661 240
To Clean the House

7
571 236
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

8
303 86
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

9
618 252
To Rear Children

10
558 223
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

11
563 236
To Always Smile

12
550 242
To Cook

13
573 255
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

14
550 246
To Wear Makeup

15
536 249
To Give Up Career for Kids

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16
513 223
To Be Soft Spoken

17
269 93
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

18
561 234
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

19
530 227
To Always Be Polite

20
519 234
To Do Laundry

21
479 274
To Wear Heels

22
423 228
To Be Uneducated About Politics

23
472 241
To Get Married

24
478 247
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

25
435 230
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

26
454 257
To Wear Bras

27
424 252
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
100 19
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

29
371 221
To Be High-Maintenance

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30
446 281
To Be Monogamous

31
352 209
To Be Gullible

32
369 229
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

33
112 22
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

34
330 246
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

35
264 225
To Not Like Watching Sports

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64 13
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

37
265 228
To Not Be Athletic

38
60 13
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

39
275 240
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

40
31 3
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

41
37 8
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

42
37 10
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

43
37 10
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

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32 9
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

45
105 111
To Not Have Vocal Fry

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26 9
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

47
27 10
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

48
22 10
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

49
20 11
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

50
20 12
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Cats