feminism 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.

In the 1900s, women's suffrage made a lot of progress in America. But we still hear phrases like "bread winner" and see advertisements of women Febrezing their living rooms wearing khaki pants and Keds while probably waiting for the iron to get hot and the cookies to finish baking in the oven. So, if you've ever been walking down the street and had a stranger say, "Girl, why you so serious? Smile!" you're aware of the fact that society has some super strange and entirely impractical expectations of the female gender.

Some gender roles and gender expectations are unavoidable - there are biological differences and restrictions that create a definitive line between the male and female species. But over time, women's roles as nurturers, mothers, and wives has evolved from being the equivalent of a strong protector of her family to someone that's expected to be demure, obedient (to relationships, societal expectations, careers), and altogether dependent on the male species. And you don't need to go burning your bra to agree that most of the female expectations on this list are total bullsh*t.

Some of the most demeaning expectations of women listed here pertain to physical appearance: women should wear makeup, they should always be freshly shaven, the ones who dress provocatively will get more attention, etc. etc. (because for some reason the world thinks it's their job to tell females what they should look like). And then there are some equally as outrageous role expectations like jealousy, incapability to fix things, assumption of our hobbies and interests. 

If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations that are proven wrong time and time again, you'll want to read through these ridiculous expectations of women. Feeling heated after reading through the list? Good! Debunk these expectations by joining the conversation about it in the comments section below. Vote up the expectations that fire you up the most! 
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572 219
To Not Be Outspoken

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2
663 224
To Not Have Body Hair

3
346 75
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

4
585 212
To "Act Like a Lady"

5
312 70
BEENTHERE added Never Question Him or His Actions

6
556 220
To Clean the House

7
538 228
To Rear Children

8
455 197
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed.

9
468 220
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

10
483 233
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

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463 225
To Wear Makeup

12
472 217
To Always Smile

13
472 221
To Cook

14
226 64
BEENTHERE added Be Wantingly Submissive and Suggestive

15
489 213
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

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432 209
To Be Soft Spoken

17
454 230
To Give Up Career for Kids

18
454 205
To Always Be Polite

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453 216
To Do Laundry

20
405 257
To Wear Heels

21
189 75
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helplessly and Easily Scared

22
350 214
To Be Uneducated About Politics

23
369 214
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

24
393 232
To Wear Bras

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411 233
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

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396 226
To Get Married

27
401 249
To Be Monogamous

28
352 236
To Be Jealous of Other Women

29
306 203
To Be High-Maintenance

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288 191
To Be Gullible

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304 215
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

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284 223
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

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220 207
To Not Like Watching Sports

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233 216
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

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218 207
To Not Be Athletic

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29 10
Ms.green added To be super skinny

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25 7
Ms.green added To be obedient

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80 90
To Not Have Vocal Fry

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9 2
Theresa Navel added That if you are more (fill in the blank) you are a threat to other females

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3 1
Nisansala Perera added To always submit to traditions, though men are free to choose or let go, whatever the religion or culture